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12/29/2015 12:00:00 PM | Gregory W. Skeens, DDS

CEREC, same-day dentistry, is fast becoming a popular dental innovation that more and more oral health professionals are beginning to offer. CEREC offers many benefits for patients, include significantly reduced turn-around times for permanent treatment. But with CEREC taking the place of lab-created restorations for more and more dental offices, the question becomes, is the treatment you’re getting of the same quality as a lab might fabricate? Are there reasons to choose CEREC over lab-created crowns?

If you need a dental restoration and are considering visiting our CEREC dentist, take the following about your treatment into your decision:

Quality of Prosthetic – CEREC produces crowns made from all porcelain or zirconia, depending on your needs and availability of materials. A dental lab with skilled technicians can produce prosthetics with the same materials, however. Therefore, in terms of the quality of your restoration, CEREC crowns and lab created crowns administered by experienced dentists and/or lab technicians can both offer life-like imitations of real teeth and long-lasting results.

Treatment Planning – CEREC crowns are designed and milled from detailed, digital images of your smile. When your crown is ready to be applied, it will fit comfortably, according to the specifications recorded in-house. If you’re receiving a dental crown created with standard impression trays that is fabricated at a lab, there is some margin for error. Less-then-detailed impressions leave room for interpretation and while a qualified lab technician will employ their skill in creating the best restoration for your smile, these processes don’t necessarily produce the same precision in treatment planning.

Turn-Around Time – This is perhaps the most noteworthy reason to select CEREC same-day dental crowns over a lab-created prosthetic. Many patients who do not wish to wait or are in need of emergency care, prefer the same-day treatment time that CEREC is able to offer. Even if your dentist works with a speedy and efficient dental lab, chair-side design and milling is the only way to get a permanent restoration in one dental visit.

Consider What’s Important for You and Your Treatment Goals

CEREC one-visit crowns most advantageous offering is its ability to provide comfortable, customized, and permanent crowns without a two week wait or the use of temporary restorations. If you’d prefer to have your crown as soon as possible, CEREC could be the right choice for you. For more information about same-day crowns at our Encinitas dental office, contact Dr. Skeens and his team today.

12/9/2015 12:00:00 PM | Gregory W. Skeens, DDS

What makes dental implants affordable isn’t necessarily the initial investment in treatment, which is often higher than traditional restorations, such as partials, full dentures, and bridges. Implants prove their value and affordability over time, as they become a stable and dependable complement to your smile.

The affordability of dental implants comes down to the following qualities:

Longevity - Because the base of your dental implant is surgically embedded in bone, it becomes a permanent part of your smile. When topped with a strong dental restoration, implants hold up well to repeated biting and chewing force. With its ability to provide long-lasting restoration, there’s no need to spend money in the future replacing an entire worn-down, traditional dental bridge or an ill-fitting denture.

Limited Need for Replacement - When traditional restorations like bridges and dentures become damaged by accident or after years of wear and tear, you’ll likely need an entirely new restoration, which involves paying the full cost for care again. Of the three essential components of a dental implant (the titanium post, abutment, and prosthetic), only the prosthetic would be likely to need restoration or replacement over a long period of time. With a dental implant, your potential costs for future repair are more economical.

No Secondary, Negative Effect on Surrounding Teeth and Tissue - Seeking restorations for complex dental problems, such as poor bone quality, damaged teeth, or receding soft tissue requires dental care and added cost. When utilizing a traditional dental bridge to replace missing teeth, surrounding teeth must be altered and capped. For patients who do not practice stringent oral hygiene routines, this increases the risk for potential damage to altered tooth structure under the crowns. With partial denture use, the wire framework or force applied to the metal components attached to healthy teeth during regular oral function can be damaging. Even full dentures can slip on soft tissue and cause irritation. Dental implants, however, do not damage existing oral structures and are independent restorations for lost teeth. With implants, there is no need to worry about correcting secondary issues that your prosthetic tooth or teeth have caused.

Making the Investment in Dental Implants

Implants help nurture improved oral health and oral function that is as close as possible to your own, natural teeth. Patients who invest in dental implants are able to enjoy dependable, quality restorations that last for years with proper care and are a smart choice for long-term cost effectiveness. Contact Dr. Greg Skeens to learn more about our Encinitas implant services.

9/29/2015 12:35:00 PM | Gregory W. Skeens, DDS

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