CEREC® is a shortened way to say Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. It’s a new state-of-the-art breakthrough technology that we use to reconstruct tooth restorations. This method uses computer-assisted design or CAD to offer single-visit restorations for patients. This advanced technology has changed the way that dentists tackle ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers. Patients benefit because there is no longer a wait between restoration preparation and having the final product. Dentists use CEREC® while patients are in the dental chair, which saves patients money. These metal-free tooth-colored restorations bring strength, beauty, and function back to your smile. Here are some more details about CEREC®.
The Exam and Preparation for CEREC®
Before you get started with this state-of-the-art technology, your dentist will determine if this is the best option for you. The determining factor is how much healthy tooth structure you have left. You may only need a mere filling, or you may need a crown. After looking at your options, a dentist will begin to administer an anesthetic and start preparing your tooth or teeth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
The Optimal Impression Process
A dentist makes the desired restoration with a 3-D image of the tooth or teeth that need attention. Dentists use a digital camera scan of the affected area. This method is beneficial because you no longer have to taste an unsavory impression. The computer and CEREC® 3D software work together to convert the digital image into a 3-D virtual model of the prepared tooth.
What is a Milling Unit?
A milling unit is a device that a dentist uses to create a custom restoration for their tooth or teeth. Based on the patient’s original tooth coloring, a dentist can select a ceramic block color that matches to aid in a natural-looking smile. This part of the restoration process is quick and takes no more than a few moments, and then the milling device can create the perfect restoration so that a patient can enjoy their smile once more.
Placement of the Restoration
After a dentist is done creating a restoration, the next step is to ensure that the patient has the proper fit and bite. When the restoration is finished, a dentist will polish it and bond it into place. There isn’t a need for a temporary restoration, or do you need to make a return trip that saves you money and time.
If you’re a Catonsville resident interested in learning more about CEREC® technology, reach out to us today! If you feel as if you may be eligible for this type of restoration, don’t hesitate to call!
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care in Ellicott City
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.