CEREC Dentistry – One-Visit Dental Restoration Technology Now Available at all Slipacoff Dentistry Locations
If you’ve never heard of CEREC dentistry, you’ll want to read this post. CEREC is one of the biggest dental technology advancements in recent times and it’s changing the way we as dentists serve our patients in a big way. The most impressive change is that it allows us as dentists to complete an entire crown procedure in one visit -instead of having patients visit the office multiple times to complete the process. But CEREC does far more than crowns. The technology can handle a wide range of procedures, including inlays/onlays, veneers and new/replacement fillings.
Since its introduction into the market in 1985, CEREC has remained the only technology that fabricates 100% ceramic crowns that can be placed during the same appointment. CEREC procedures are fast, safe and they give patients a finished ceramic tooth surface that looks natural and stands up to long-term wear and tear.
More Advantages of Using CEREC
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic, and one of the biggest benefits to using it is that it’s healthier than older options that have been in use for decades. It used to be that most dental restorations were completed using gold, amalgam or some other metal product. With CEREC, we generate a safe, all-ceramic product that is highly durable and is completely biocompatible with your teeth.
CEREC also allows us to save a greater amount of tooth structure. Teeth that might have required removal before CEREC was available could now viable for restoration with CEREC-generated inlays and onlays. Because CEREC’s bonding system only needs a small amount of tooth surface to restore function, there’s a greater likelihood that more teeth can be saved.
CEREC Means Less Time in The Dentist’s Office
Because CEREC technology can complete crowns and other procedures in one-day, patients can spend less time at our office receiving anesthesia shots and having teeth drilled. There’s also no more walking around with a temporary crown that might fall off before your permanent crown is cemented – beautiful, durable dental restoration procedures are now completed in one visit.
A Typical CEREC procedure happens like this:
- Exam and Prep Work – We examine your teeth, and choose the most appropriate preparation method to remove any tooth decay necessary. We then prepare your tooth’s surface for the rest of the CEREC procedure.
- Optical Impression/Imaging – An optical image of your tooth’s surface is made using the CEREC machine’s 3D camera. The image is then transferred to the CEREC computer where Computer Aided Design (CAD) software is creates the specifications for your restoration product (crown, veneer, etc). Measurements for this part of the procedure are very precise and they take into account a number of clinical details to ensure you get the best final product.
- Restoration Creation – The specifications of your tooth’s surface are sent to a CEREC milling machine located inside our office. Within 20 minutes, this machine fabricates a one-of-a-kind, colour-matched restoration.
- Fitting, Polishing and Bonding – During the last step, we fit, polish, and bond your restoration in place. Depending on the nature of your dental needs and the number of teeth involved, the whole process can take as little as 1-2 hours.
CEREC is Now Available at Slipacoff
To-date, over 20 million dental restoration have been done using CEREC around the world, and this number climbs as more dentists introduce this amazing technology to their patients. It’s no wonder why CEREC has been one a trusted method of advanced restoration among dentists. And now, CEREC technology is available in our office for your convenience.