This is a very good and common question. The short answer is that you should see Dr Aleem to get his expert opinion. When it comes to comparing the two types of crowns we offer, the main difference is how they are made. The same-day cerec crown is designed, made and placed in a single day. It is made of a single ceramic block, therefore in terms of detailing; it lacks detailing compared to the porcelain crowns from our lab in California. The latter is made by a master ceramist who hand-makes each unit, layering over each detail. The material is also different,namely feldspathic porcelain(ceramic) powder. As a result, the production and final placement of lab made units take is longer.
Dr Aleem’s artistic eye and wealth of experience means that even your same day cerec crown is made so it maximises the similarities with the rest of your teeth. Yet, when it comes to front teeth, in most cases it is better to have a lab made crown for aesthetic purposes. Normally back teeth are the ones that are more suitable for a cerec restoration. It is still case dependant, you would need to see Dr Aleem and you can make your own choice. Besides, you might have an emergency, event to attend to and same day cerec restoration might better, if you wish to upgrade you can then have a lab made unit later.
In some instances, both options are proposed and the patient can decide whichever they prefer. Just like David who wanted a fast restoration because his front teeth did not look aesthetically pleasing after the accident he had. To find out more about our lab made crowns, click here or contact us.