CEREC Same-Day Crowns
Technology today is changing our everyday lives and impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating amazing results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC®, allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.
How does CEREC work?
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, the same technology used in manufacturing aircrafts, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. Our dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged and prepared tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where we use CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration from a porcelain block while you wait. Finally, our dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.
What does this innovation mean for a patient?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles and staining gums. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. We 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. Therefore you don't need to be in an uncomfortable temporary and return for a second visit. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.