As an Atlanta same-day crowns provider, Dr. King educates patients on the process of tooth restoration. If you haven’t heard of same-day crowns, here’s a quick look at the science behind them and what makes them so remarkable.
There Are Multiple Brands of Same-Day Crowns
CEREC same-day crowns technology
Among the many brands of same-day restorations, is CEREC®, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Sometimes, these crowns are referred to as same-day crowns or crowns-in-a-day. Regardless of the terminology used, all one-visit restorations use CAD/CAM technology.
The Billing Is the Same as Traditional Crowns
A lot of people wonder whether the cost a CEREC crown is different than a traditional one. Dental insurance websites are a great resource for researching a procedure and finding out how it’s billed for insurance purposes. Four-digit codes are used to represent the services provided. All dentists are required to use codes from an official list that is updated every few years. For example, if you received a dental cleaning, your dentist uses the code 1110 to let your insurance company know what service was provided. If you have periodontal disease, a different code is used, and your dental cleaning will be billed differently.
There are many codes related to dental crowns, each of which describes either a difference in materials and/or which surfaces of the tooth are covered. There’s no distinction for CAD/CAM restorations in the codes, which means they are not billed any differently than traditional crowns.
They Are High-Tech
The term CAD/CAM refers to computer-aided design. This method has several advantages:
- The program takes a digital snapshot of your mouth and provides a detailed model.
- The measurements are incredibly precise and are generally more accurate than traditional impressions.
- They are also less messy than gooey manual impressions that often test a person’s gag reflex.
Same-day crowns are carved by an in-office milling machine. Each new crown begins as a block of material—usually made of composite, zirconia, ceramic, or acrylic polymer. These are the same building blocks for restorations, regardless of whether it’s a CAD/CAM version or not. The materials have been in use for decades and stand the test of time. It’s just the manufacturing process that differs.
Visit an Experienced Atlanta Same-Day Crowns Provider
In the hands of an experienced cosmetic dentist, CAD/CAM restorations are not only a quick way to restore your smile but they also look and feel natural. If you would like to explore your options for restorations, call us to request an appointment for a consultation, or complete our Request an Appointment form.
Call us at 404-994-4509 to request an appointment.