How Long Does a CEREC Crown Last?

No one expects to need a CEREC® crown, but after a tooth is damaged, many patients require some form of protection for it. Many people feel that a metal crown draws unwanted attention to the mouth and may find it embarrassing. With modern technology, there are other options available that are less obvious. It is important for patients to know all of the facts before deciding what kind of crown to get.

Commonly asked questions

What is a CEREC® crown?

A Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics crown is usually made from ceramic or resin materials. Computer imaging technology is used to make sure the crown fits perfectly and is the same color as the rest of the teeth. These crowns can usually be made during the time of the visit so that the patient does not have to have a temporary crown put on and come back later on to get the final one installed.

How long does it last?

If properly taken care of, the crown should last around five years. Many insurance companies will pay for a replacement after this amount of time, but patients should talk to insurers first to understand the coverage. In order to get the full lifespan from the crown, patients should brush teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Avoiding foods that are overly hard or sticky can help it last longer as well. Patients should visit the dentist regularly for checkups and refittings if needed. 

Why is it needed?

Dental crowns are very common. Many people require them after having dental work done. Here are a few common reasons why someone might need a CEREC® crown:

  • A large cavity: Large cavities frequently need to be replaced with a filling or a crown. Patients oftentimes opt for the crown to help protect the tooth.
  • A cracked tooth: Many patients are self-conscious about their smile when there is a crack or chip in a tooth. A crown covers up those imperfections.
  • Protection after a root canal: After a root canal, a crown is placed on the tooth to protect it from further damage.
  • Covering a discolored tooth: Some people opt for a crown to cover up a discolored tooth and make the smile appear more natural.

How should it be cared for?

Mostly, the crown can be treated like a regular tooth with a few limitations. Overly hot or cold beverages may increase sensitivity. Proper brushing and flossing are vital in keeping the area healthy. Extremely sticky food and sugary food and drinks should be avoided. Just as with natural teeth, the crown can become discolored, so patients should refrain from smoking and take care in what they eat and drink.

Conclusion

There are many reasons that people need a CEREC® crown. Anyone who is considering covering up a damaged tooth should speak to a dentist about this option. It is important to take excellent care of your teeth and crown to ensure your entire mouth stays as healthy as possible. 

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