Benefits of CEREC
CEREC is an advanced dental restoration system that provides a same-day restoration solution for tooth decay. In addition to same-day restorations, CEREC is also efficient for placing ceramic crowns and veneers.
CEREC is an abbreviation for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The CEREC system features digital scanning technology so that you no longer have to deal with messy impressions. Instead, your tooth gets photographed and then transferred to the CEREC machine.
CEREC restorations allow patients to have same-day restorations without waiting time. They can be completed in just a couple of hours, from start to finish. CEREC restorations can be completed in one visit, which eliminates the need for temporary restorations, multiple dental appointments, and waiting several days for your final restoration. CEREC restorations are comprised of a durable ceramic material, which mimics the look and function of the natural tooth. CEREC restorations also have the added benefit of sealing out decay, unlike the traditional method of using metal fillings that can become loose over time. Besides, CEREC restorations can also last up to ten years, which is longer than traditional restorations.
CEREC 3D, which is an advanced imaging system, allows our dentist to get a full picture of your teeth and jaw. With this information, he can plan your treatment, discuss your goals and options, and simulate your finished results. The CEREC 3D system takes three-dimensional pictures of each tooth with an intraoral camera using special software. This takes the guesswork out of dental treatments and ensures the most predictable results.
Which problems can CEREC treat?
CEREC offers same-day porcelain restorations for a host of dental issues. CEREC uses advanced imaging technology to create digital images of your teeth, which your dentist can use to design your restoration. The CEREC machine then mills your restoration out of a single block of porcelain.
What are the steps of the CEREC restoration procedure?
The CEREC restoration process consists of the following steps:
Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and bite using intraoral cameras and other diagnostic tools. Then, the dentist will capture digital images of your teeth and gums. These images allow your dentist to diagnose and treat any existing dental issues, as well as plan for your CEREC restoration.
Using CEREC’s proprietary software, your dentist will create a 3D image of your tooth, including the restoration, and map out the precise placement of every restoration. Then, your dentist will design your CEREC restoration using high-quality dental ceramics.
CEREC’s proprietary software creates your restoration while you wait, allowing your dentist to complete your treatment in a single appointment.
- Restoration Placement and Adjustment
Your dentist will place your CEREC restoration. Then, your dentist will carefully check your bite and make adjustments as needed to ensure it fits comfortably in your mouth and functions properly.
Following your treatment, your dentist will give you instructions for maintaining your CEREC restoration.
Are CEREC crowns better than traditional crowns?
CEREC crowns are slightly more expensive than traditional crowns since they require more time and materials to make. However, most patients feel that CEREC crowns are worth it for the convenience factor. Since the process only takes a single appointment, patients don’t have to make multiple trips to the dentist. CEREC crowns are custom-made restorations. Patients do not need to wear temporary restorations or make multiple visits to the dentist’s office. The entire process is completed in just one appointment.
Traditional crowns are fabricated in a dental laboratory for placement by a dental professional. Patients must wear temporary restorations for about two weeks while the permanent crowns are being created. Some patients find this process to be uncomfortable because temporaries often do not fit properly.