Conventional restorations demand a lot of time, be it bridges, veneers, or crowns. Tedious procedures with lab work can be time-consuming in today’s busy schedule. Thankfully, this is greatly overcome by the modern technology adopted by CEREC. They are aesthetic restorations that are designed and placed on the same day.
Mankato Dental Practice offers revolutionary, state-of-the-art CEREC restorations on the same day of your dental visit. These greatly save you time, in addition to being durable and long-lasting.
What are CEREC restorations?
CEREC or Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic is an innovative state-of-the-art method of designing and fabricating tooth restorations. These restorations require computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). This technology has greatly revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns, veneers, and bridges so that there is no need for extensive waiting time between preparing the restoration and receiving the finished product. Since they are made up of ceramic, these restorations are tooth-colored offering excellent aesthetics to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength, and function.
Do CEREC restorations offer any benefits?
CEREC has revolutionized restorative procedures. Some of the benefits offered by CEREC are:
- Provided on the same day
- Less time-consuming
- Requires less drilling, preserving most of your natural tooth structure
- Are metal-free restorations, thus aesthetically superior
- Provide a perfect fit
- Do not require messy impressions
- Are sturdy and durable
- Are stain-resistant
- Are abrasion-resistant
- Are long-lasting restorations
How is a CEREC restoration designed?
CEREC uses CADCAM technology to design and create customized restorations during a single visit. The process is as follows:
- Exam and Preparation
- Your dentist will evaluate the health of your tooth and supporting gums, and jawbone, to determine if CEREC is right for you.
- Your dentist will administer local anesthesia to ease pain and discomfort during tooth preparation.
- Decayed and weakened tissues will be excavated to prepare the tooth for restoration.
- Optical impression
- A 3D image of the tooth will be created using a digital camera.
- The computer and CEREC 3D software will convert the digital image into a 3D virtual model of the prepared tooth.
- Milling unit
- A ceramic block of an appropriate shade will be selected and inserted into this unit to fabricate the restoration in just a few minutes.
- Restoration placement
- Once the restoration is fabricated, it will be tried to check the fit and bite.
- The restoration will be polished and bonded into place.
CEREC is an excellent technology that can help dentists restore your original tooth form, function, and aesthetics.