In the past, patients had to visit the dentist office more than once to receive a customized dental crown. Between impressions, dental lab creation, and returning for final placement, it could take weeks before a patient could have a fully restored smile. Fortunately, things have changed, and with CEREC same-day restorations, the entire process from impressions to placement can be done in one visit! If you want to learn more about this revolutionary type of technology and its ability to provide patients with faster results, contact us today.
CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” Using a Computer-Assisted Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system, this 3D advanced technology uses ultimate precision and accuracy to create and design custom dental restorations, including dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and dental bridges. Apart from the technology’s ability to quickly fabricate these creations, one of the great benefits of CEREC technology is that everything is completed in one visit to our office.
If you think it’s impossible, it’s not! In fact, a highly trained practitioner will ensure the technology is used correctly to craft your customized dental crown so that you are pleased with the final result.
Using a CEREC computer, Dr. Holinbeck will capture an optical scan of the tooth in question. This eliminates the need to use messy, cold dental putty to create an impression, and instead, offers patients a cleaner, more comfortable experience.
The scan is then used to allow the dentist to design the crown in a way that will align with your smile and offer complete coverage and protection over your natural tooth.
The final step is to send the newly created design to a milling machine, which will have the specified material already set up to begin fabricating the final restoration. From its size, shape, and color, it will match the rest of your natural smile, blending in beautifully.