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High Tech. Precision Fit. Single Visit. Amazing Results!

Typically, how crowns are made: Usually a crown, inlay, onlay, or veneer takes two visits: on the first visit, the tooth is shaped or shaved down to a particular form, suitable for the desired restoration. Next, an impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the crown or other restoration is made. Meanwhile, at that first visit, a temporary is made for the tooth, which is usually made out of some form of plastic material. The temporary is usualy worn for about two weeks or until the restoration is returned from the lab. At the second appointment, the temporary is removed and the new crown or restoration is fit and permanently cemented into place.

CEREC single visit restorations. CEREC restorations utilize CAD-CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology. This means, that the technology now exists to prepare a patient’s tooth, mill or fabricate the restoration (such as a crown, inlay or onlay), and bond or cement the restoration in the same visit. There is no question that CAD/CAM design and milling have come of age.

Which patient, when given the choice of receiving a final restoration in an hour or two versus in two weeks, would not choose to be finished in a single short visit? Any patient fearful of dentistry and injections easily answers this question. CEREC offers valuable options for the patient. Patients no longer have to worry about gagging on impression materials, losing or breaking temporaries, dealing with two weeks of sensitivity or receiving another injection at yet another appointment.

CAD/CAM dentistry has grown substantially in the last ten years. Roughly 5% of U.S. dentists utilize this technology and more than ten million clinical restorations have been successfully placed worldwide. Numerous studies have verified the strength and quality of the materials.

The PRO'S and CON's of CEREC Restorations:

Advantages:

  • Cerec restorations are made in one visit, saving considerable time and less stress for the patient.
  • Cerec crowns have no metal in them and are therefore more aesthetic. Also, because they are metal free, x-rays can see through the crown and allow for the detection of early signs of decay.
  • Cerec material and technology can also be used for fillings. Since they are made out of ceramic, they are more durable than white, composite fillings.

Disadvantages:

  • Since Cerec crowns are milled out of a single block of ceramic, it can be difficult to incorporate the subtle color gradients of natural teeth. The blocks are created with a color gradient, but it is a standard color gradient. They look great on back teeth, but don't have the aesthetic quality of laboratory fabricated for front teeth. These blocks however, continue to improve and strive for superior aesthetic results.

At the Center for Smile Enhancement, we have been using CEREC technology for over four years and have placed several thousand successful restorations for patients. Further, these restorations carry the same "warranty" as any laboratory fabricated restoration. If you have additional questions regarding this technology, please do not hesitate to ask any of our staff.

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