About CEREC Technology
By J. Brent Gorrell on August 27, 2013
There are many different ways that dental health technology has changed over the years. In particular, this is true regarding materials and the means of crafting custom restorations. One of the truly revolutionary advances in dental health technology is the CEREC system, which improves the way that a dental care professional creates dental restorations.
When you meet with a cosmetic dentist, you can learn more about CEREC and what it means for you in greater detail. We'd like to go over some of the basics right now.
About Traditional Dental Crown Restorations
It's a good idea to first cover the traditional way of creating custom dental crown restorations. In the past, a tooth would need to be prepped first, leaving behind as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Once that was done, an impression was taken of the tooth. This impression was then sent to a dental lab for the permanent dental crown to be created while a patient wore a temporary restoration.
Once the dental lab was done with the dental crown, it would be sent back to the practice so that the dentist could adhere the restoration in place.
How long does it take to make traditional dental crown restorations?
In many cases, the full dental crown process took somewhere between a week to 10 days, and required two separate visits. Using new dental care technology like CEREC, the process can be completed in just a single trip to the dentist.
About CEREC Technology
CEREC is an on-site milling station that create dental restorations on the spot. That's right, no more need for a dental lab to craft those dental crowns, and no lengthy waits either. The dental crown is made right there out of a sturdy block of dental porcelain.
With CEREC, a patient can visit and leave the practice getting their teeth prepped and having beautiful, permanent dental crowns placed. CEREC can also be used to create dental veneers, inlays, and onlays based on the dentist's discretion.
The CEREC Process
The first steps of the CEREC restoration process are very much the same as having a traditional dental crown crafted: the dentist preps the tooth to receive a dental crown. A digital impression is then taken, and that information is sent directly to the CEREC machine. Using this data, the CEREC unit then creates the dental crown on the spot while the patient waits.
When the restoration is completed, the dentist takes the dental crown and adheres it in place, checking one last time for color match and fit. The patient's smile looks as good as new.
How long does it take for CEREC dental restorations treatment?
Overall, the entire dental crowns process usually takes only an hour and a half to two hours. That's a whole lot better than a week to 10 days.
What CEREC Means for Patients and Dentists
For patients, the CEREC dental crowns mean that they save time, don't need to take as much time off work, and receive excellent dental restorations that are sturdy and beautiful. For dental care professionals, CEREC means that they are able to better serve their patients' needs and give them the smiles that they have always dreamed of having.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment
If you would like to learn more about all of your options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Mountain View dental care center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health results.
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