This means more than one dental appointment, more than one procedure, and potentially a great deal of time in between the visits where you’re still living with a damaged and incomplete smile. With the invention of CEREC®, however, dentists are now able to construct and produce ceramic restorations right on site. The result: Many dental repairs can be completed in only one visit, and all you need is a little bit of patience.
The CEREC® system is also referred to as a CAD-CAM system. CAD stands for “Computer Assisted Design” and CAM stands for “Computer Assisted Milling.” Therefore, CEREC® uses computer design and a milling device to create custom-made restorations in the dentist’s office.
This device uses a high-quality camera and a medical-grade computer to scan the tooth or several teeth that are to be restored. The dentist uses that image to design your custom-made restoration.
This provides the dentist with the ability to look at the tooth from every angle and offers a preview of the final outcome to both dentist and patient.
This unit makes the custom restoration based on the specifications from the computer. Your dentist chooses a customized block that provides the closest match to your existing tooth color. A few minutes, later the crown is born.
CEREC® makes it easy for your dentist to customize your new restoration, and CEREC® makes it easy for you to tolerate time in the dentist’s office because your new smile is only moments away. Here’s how the restoration procedure works:
If you want a restored smile and you want it quickly, CEREC® is hard to beat for efficiency and quality. There are many advantages, including:
CEREC®-created restorations may last 5 to 7 years, and some can last longer. Just like your natural teeth, the quality and longevity of your CEREC® smile depends on how well you care for your teeth and maintain preventive visits to your dentist.
Learn more about CEREC® by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez or Dr. Sharon Schmeiser.