How Long Do CEREC Crowns Last?

If you need a dental crown and your dentist mentioned CEREC, you may want to know if that's a viable option for you. More than anything, you would like to know how long they can last and if they are worth the extra dollars. 

This article will teach you everything you need to know about CEREC crowns so that you can make an informed decision. 

What Are CEREC Crowns and How Do They Differ from Regular Crowns? 

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) crowns also known as same-day crowns differ quite a bit from regular ones, and here's how: 

  • They Are Made in the Dentist's Office: 

CEREC crowns use CAD/CAM technology, which allows the dentist to create the crowns in their office. The dentist uses a 3D camera to take a digital scan of the tooth and then designs and manufactures the crown in the office. Traditional crowns, on the other hand, are manufactured in a specialized laboratory. 

  • CEREC Crowns Are Made in One Day

The reason they are called same-day crowns is that they can be designed, manufactured, and fitted in one single appointment. The entire process usually takes about two hours. Traditional crowns, on the other hand, usually require at least two appointments, with a two-week waiting period in between for the crown to be made in a dental lab.

  •  The Materials Differ Too

CEREC crowns are made from ceramic, while traditional crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys. 

How Long Do CEREC Crowns Last

CEREC crowns can last just as long as traditional ones (up to 15 years,) but their lifespan is largely influenced by several factors, such as:

  • Your oral health 
  • Your oral hygiene 
  • The location of the crown in the mouth and how much pressure it must withstand
  • The experience of the dentist creating and fitting the crown. 

5 Tips on How to Take Care of Your Same-Day day Crown

Here are five tips on how to take care of your same-day crown and ensure they will last for as long as possible: 

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching the crown. Floss daily to remove food debris from between your teeth and around your crown. 
  • Go to Regular Dental Checkups: Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. This way you can ensure the crown is in good condition and detect any issues early. 
  • Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods: Hard or sticky foods can potentially damage or dislodge your crown. Try to stay away from foods like hard candies, taffies, nuts, and so on. 
  • Wear a Mouthguard: If you grind your teeth (bruxism) or engage in contact sports, make sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your crown and other teeth from damage. 

Talk to Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez about Same-Day Crowns 

If you have more questions about same-day crowns, don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Jacqueline Rodriguez. She will be more than happy to help you understand how CEREC crowns work and if they are right for you. 

Schedule your appointment with Diversey Dental Studio online or by calling us at (847) 738-7659.

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