Lately, a lot of advancements have been introduced in the field of dentistry. They have allowed dentists to perform procedures with utmost care and precision, which makes it more convenient for patients as well. The chair time involved has also been significantly reduced, thanks to these advanced procedures. One such dental advancement is CEREC - Chairside Economical Restoration using Esthetic Ceramic.
What is CEREC?
If you have got dental restorations done in the past, you would have a good idea of the tedious procedure involved. The dentist would take a mold of your tooth using a gooey substance which you would have to bite into. Until the restoration was fabricated, which would take at least a couple of weeks, the dentist would place a temporary restoration on your tooth to protect the prepared surface. Ultimately, the restoration bonded to your tooth may not be of great fit and comfort due to the conventional fabrication methods involved.
CEREC resolves all these drawbacks. CEREC is the advanced method of fabrication dental restorations using a computerized scanning and milling method. The process uses CAD/CAM technology, where a computer-guided machine mills out the restoration from a small block of ceramic. It would offer excellent precision and fit, making the restorations extremely comfortable and long-lasting.
What are the advantages of choosing CEREC?
- Scanning the teeth to create a digital impression can be done effortlessly in a matter of a couple of minutes. In the conventional method, this would be done using a putty-like substance, which wouldn't offer the exact contour and size of the tooth. But, with CEREC, it can be done with maximum precision.
- The entire procedure can be completed in just a single consultation. The dentist will scan the teeth, share the data with the CAD/CAM machine, which would mill the restoration in a matter of a few minutes. They can be bonded to the teeth on the same day, thereby significantly reducing the chair time and the healing period involved.
- Multiple types of restorations can be fabricated using CEREC, such as crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays, onlays, etc.
- The precision offered by CEREC technology is unmatchable by conventional methods. Once the restorations are retrieved from the machine, they wouldn't require significant modifications to be made to their contour.
- The restorations offered by this method are of excellent quality. They last for several years with good care and are often highly resistant to staining and wear.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Powell by calling us or reaching us through an online query, and we'll be happy to guide you further.