Short on time? We know life is busy and we when you break a tooth or need to replace a failing crown, it usually means sensitive temporaries, at least two shots and at least two visits to mark on your calendar. Now, with CEREC technology, your tooth can be repaired in just one visit to our office! The doctor can prepare the tooth, and digitally design and mill your new crown while you relax in the chair. Comment if you have questions — or give us a call! 509-838-4165
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:
Call Smiles of Spokane if you have questions about our same day crowns. 509-838-4165.