October 10, 2017
When most people think about the tools of dentistry, their mind probably pictures small, metal instruments like a dental pick or mirror. Luckily for patients and dentists alike, dentistry has kept up with the digital age, bringing about the invention of CEREC technology. With a CEREC crown, your dentist in Lincoln can now repair your badly damaged, decayed, or misshapen tooth in as little as 90 minutes as opposed to the two weeks it used to require.
What is CEREC?
CEREC actually stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics,” and while that is a mouthful, how it works is actually quite straightforward.
In the past, when a patient needed to get a tooth fixed, the process would start with the dentist shaping the tooth to fit a dental restoration, and then they would take an impression using dental putty (everyone’s favorite part). This would then be sent to a dental lab where the crown, partial crown, or veneer would be designed and fabricated, and this usually took about two weeks. A patient would then return to their dentist’s office to have it placed into their mouth.
As you can tell, this method takes quite a bit of time that many people simply don’t have in their schedule, which is exactly why more and more patients are choosing to use CEREC when it comes to repairing their teeth.
With CEREC, your dentist will still start by preparing your tooth, but then they will take the impression digitally, which is not only more comfortable, but also yields a much better model of your teeth. This impression will be given to computer-aided design software to formulate your restoration’s shape, and this design will then be given to an in-house milling machine. Using a solid block of high-quality dental porcelain, the machine will precisely carve out the restoration, which can then be placed by your dentist.
Altogether, the entire procedure only takes about 90 minutes, making it a tremendous time saver for everyone involved.
The Advantage of CEREC
With CEREC, you get the best of everything:
- Speed: A restoration can be designed, milled, and placed in just one appointment as opposed to two with a large amount of time in between.
- More Comfortable: Digital impressions make it much easier to get a highly accurate model of the teeth without using oddly-tasting dental putty.
- Quality: Because the entire design and milling process is digitized, the restorations created by CEREC are much more exact and better fitting than those that come from a lab, ensuring the restoration will not only look great, but last longer as well.
Where Can I Find CEREC?
If you’re interested in getting your chipped, cracked, broken, or decayed tooth beautifully restored in a single visit using CEREC, simply contact your dentist today and ask if they offer it. If they do, then you’re just one appointment away from having your complete smile.
About the Author
Dr. Craig Vacek is a general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist based in Lincoln, NE. He works diligently to stay on top of the latest advances in dentistry so he can always provide his patients with the fastest and most effective care possible. If you would like to learn more about CEREC and what it could do for you, you can view the video on this page or contact Dr. Vacek through his website.
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