In a world of same day shipping and same day photo prints, your dental restorations can now be same day services too! This is thanks to CEREC® milling machines and digital imaging technology. CEREC is short for “ceramic reconstruction”. This technology has been around since the early 1980s and it’s only gotten better with time, for both dentists and patients.
CEREC machines use CAD/CAM technology–computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. They allow your Midlothian dentists to make and install a dental crown–and other restorations–all in the same visit. This is very good news if you have a chipped tooth or a very bad cavity that needs to be treated immediately.
So what exactly is CEREC? How does it work? And more importantly, what does it do for you? Hawkins Family Dentistry explains more below.
The main benefits of CEREC same day dentistry include:
Using a CEREC machine allows your dentist to do all of the dental restoration work in the same office, on the same day. As much as we like you and enjoy spending time with you, we know you have other places to be. Your teeth have important work to do all day long and it’s hard to be without any of them if they are cracked or severely decayed. We want to see your smile returned to full health and beauty as soon as you need it – today!
Anyone who has played the game Telephone knows what it means for something to be “lost in translation.” Sometimes this happens when dental offices need crowns to be made in an offsite laboratory where they send impressions. By keeping the whole process in-house, CEREC technology increases your chance of getting the perfect crown the very first time.
If you’re interested in holistic dentistry, CEREC can also help you get more a biocompatible crown. This means the dental piece will work as smoothly as possible within the whole system of your mouth and body.
Almost any smile restoration you need can be completed or aided with the help of CEREC. So how does it work exactly? Let’s first look at the traditional way dental crowns get made. Traditionally, to install a crown, the dentist will:
The whole process takes weeks and at least two separate visits for patients.
With CEREC, the dentist is able to take very accurate scans and photos of the tooth, and create and place the crown on the same day:
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.