At Smiles of Spokane, we have access to powerful technology that utilizes modern computer and manufacturing processes. What exactly is CEREC? What benefits does it offer? The process may sound complicated at first, but we’re here to help break down how it works and why it’s appealing to some patients.
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) is a method of creating dental restorations at your dental office. These restorations are typically used to repair damage to your tooth (or teeth) from decay or injury. Some dental offices have specialized equipment that allows them to design and create restorations using a computer’s help.
Specifically, restorations are designed and created using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing). This process means designs are made from impressions with computer software and then passed to a unit that fabricates ceramic restoration.
According to the Journal of Dentistry and Oral Care, CEREC can be used to fabricate:
CEREC has both advantages and disadvantages that could make it either a perfect fit or an option to avoid. Ultimately, it’s vital to consult a dental professional for their expert opinion on whether it’s a good choice for your individual needs.
CEREC typically entails 3 steps:
This approach might be especially useful to your needs as it eliminates some of the most inconvenient aspects of oral procedures. For example, creating a crown without CEREC would typically require creating an impression to send out to a laboratory and placing a temporary crown. This process requires waiting for days or weeks and multiple dental visits.
CEREC boasts some incredible advantages:
While CEREC offers exciting benefits (who wouldn’t prefer one visit over two?), no single solution is right for everybody. Some patients may find that their dental practice cannot offer this type of service, that it isn’t a good fit for their dental problem, or is too costly.
Potential downsides of CEREC:
CEREC offers some exciting benefits, especially for those looking to limit their number of dental appointments. Remember that only a dental professional can make the final call if this technology is a good fit for your needs. You’ve now gained an understanding of what CEREC is and what it can do for you.
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