CEREC technology has transformed restorative dentistry procedures. Patients with tooth decay or tooth damage may require more than a filling to correct the problem. We may recommend a crown, which covers the portion of a tooth that extends above the gum line. Crowns are custom-made to fit the patient’s tooth precisely and comfortably. For areas of decay that are too large for a filling, but don’t necessarily require a crown, we may suggest an onlay or inlay. These ceramic restorations restore function, strength, and beauty for a healthy smile.
In the past, crowns, onlays, and inlays were created in a dental lab. A patient’s first dental visit involved gathering of information for the permanent restoration so that a lab could cerate it. Then the tooth would be prepared and a temporary placed. The patient had to wait until the permanent restoration was ready before it could be placed. In the mean time, the temporary may break or fall out. In short, restorations required two or more appointments.
CEREC changed all of that…
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.
How does the technology work?
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.
What does this innovation mean for a guest?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. The CEREC has over a decade of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe, and effective.
Is CEREC is an option for me?
Call the office of Dr. Weigand to find out if CEREC is an option for you. We will be happy to answer your questions on this new technology.
You deserve a smile that lights up your life! Call our Fairbanks dental office today to reserve your personal consultation with Dr. Weigand. We don’t want anything to stand between you and your ideal smile and optimal oral health. If finances or comfort concerns you, please tell us so that we can design a treatment plan that suits your unique needs.