CEREC Crowns – Jacksonville, FL
Fast, Functional, and Beautiful Restorations
If you have ever gotten a dental crown in the past, you might recall that the process required at least two trips to your dentist’s office. Between the appointments, you had to wear a temporary restoration. While that old-fashioned process is still practical in some cases, we tend to prefer a more streamlined approach to creating dental crowns: CEREC. We can make these beautiful, functional, and durable dental crowns in Jacksonville in a single appointment!
Why Choose James L. Schumacher for CEREC Crowns?
- Fast, One-Visit Restorations
- Natural-Looking Results
- Friendly & Knowledgeable Team
What Is a CEREC Dental Crown?
CEREC is an acronym that stands for “chairside economic restorations of esthetic ceramics.” That’s quite a mouthful, but the actual concept is pretty simple. We have special technology in our office that allows us to design and fabricate a custom porcelain crown right here in our office.
CEREC crowns are made out of high-quality materials and are designed to last just as long as their traditionally manufactured counterparts. They can also address many of the same problems as traditional crowns, including decayed teeth, misshapen teeth, and more.
The CEREC Dental Crown Process
The CEREC crown process starts off similarly to the traditional crown process. First, we have to prepare your tooth by removing a bit of enamel. This is to ensure that your restoration will fit well and won’t interfere with your bite. Then, we take detailed impressions of your mouth. However, instead of using manual impression trays and goopy impression material, the CEREC process utilizes advanced digital scanning technology. We simply move a scanning wand around your mouth. It captures thousands of images of your teeth and assembles them into an accurate, 3D representation of your smile.
You’ll get to relax as your dentist in Jacksonville uses state-of-the-art software to design your crown. Once the design is finalized, our in-house milling unit will create the crown out of a single block of dental-grade porcelain (this part of the process typically takes less than 30 minutes). When the restoration is ready, we will verify its fit before we attach it to your tooth.
The Benefits of Getting a CEREC Dental Crown
CEREC crowns offer some outstanding advantages:
- You can save time by making just one trip to our office instead of two.
- CEREC crowns are carefully shaped and shade-matched to blend in flawlessly with the surrounding teeth.
- The price of CEREC crowns is comparable to that of traditional crowns, and insurance usually pays for about 50% of their cost.
- With proper care, a CEREC crown has the potential to last for 10 years or longer.
- You will not have to wear a temporary crown. Temporary crowns have a reputation for being uncomfortable. They can even fall off and expose your prepared tooth to painful outside stimuli.
Would you like to learn more about CEREC dental crowns and how this remarkable technology may benefit you? Contact our office today to ask questions or schedule a restorative consultation.
CEREC Crowns FAQs
Are you still curious about whether a CEREC dental crown is right for you? Then you’ve come to the right place! As an experienced dentist, Dr. Schumacher has placed countless dental crowns and is prepared to answer any questions you may have about the treatment. Until your appointment, though, it may satisfy your curiosity to read through some frequently asked questions about CEREC crowns.
Does It Hurt to Get a CEREC Crown?
Before preparing your tooth to receive a same-day crown in Jacksonville, Dr. Schumacher will numb the area of your mouth where he’ll be working. In most cases, a topical anesthetic is more than enough to dull any discomfort, but we also offer sedation options for patients who have trouble getting numb or who need a little help feeling comfortable.
After we’ve placed your crown, it’s normal for the tooth to feel sensitive or sore for the next few days. This should only be temporary, and can often be relieved by taking over-the-counter pain medications as the label directs. If for some reason you experience worsening pain after getting your crown, please let us know right away.
Do CEREC Crowns Cost More Than Regular Crowns?
Not necessarily. As with any dental procedure, the cost of same-day crowns can vary. More often than not, though, a CEREC crown costs about the same as a traditional crown. Although CEREC technology is highly advanced, we’re able to reduce our costs of producing the crowns by eliminating the need to interact with an offsite dental lab. Since we can avoid the expenses of needing to pay lab technician fees, we simply pass those savings onto you!
Are CEREC Crowns Covered by Dental Insurance?
In many cases, yes, but the level of coverage provided can vary significantly. Many dental insurance plans consider CEREC crowns (and traditional crowns) to be a major procedure, so they’d be eligible for about 40-50% coverage after you’ve paid your deductible and before you’ve exceeded your annual maximum. Of course, this varies based on the details of your plan.
It’s worth mentioning that as a rule of thumb, dental insurance will only cover a treatment if it can be deemed medically necessary. This means that if your reason for getting a same-day crown is to repair a broken tooth, you’re likely to qualify for partial coverage, but you probably won’t if you’re getting a crown for solely cosmetic reasons.
Are CEREC Crowns Stronger Than Traditional Crowns?
It depends on the materials the traditional crown is made from. Crowns made from metal alloys, gold, or porcelain-fused-to-metal are generally stronger than CEREC crowns, which can only be made from ceramic. That being said, dental ceramic is impressively durable, so the difference in strength between these options is often negligible. As long as you take good care of your CEREC crown with daily oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, it can withstand the forces of biting and chewing for 10 years or more.