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CEREC - one visit porcelain crowns, inlays & onlays

A "cap", "jacket" or "crown" will restore a broken, heavily filled or cracked tooth to its original size and shape. This may also be recommended after root canal therapy has been completed as the tooth tends to become brittle and is more apt to fracture. Crowns can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improve the appearance of your teeth. They can be made of all precious metal, porcelain and precious metal, or all porcelain, such as CEREC.

What is CEREC 3D?

CEREC 3D is a high-tech instrument that helps dentists restore damaged teeth in one appointment. It uses CAD/CAM technology (Computer assisted design/ computer assisted manufacture) to accomplish its purpose.

CEREC 3D stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. 3D adds an exciting new dimension to the way it works.

How does CEREC 3D work?

After the dentist prepares the tooth, he sprays a thin layer of reflective powder directly on the tooth's surface. Using a special camera, the dentist then takes a digital picture of the tooth. No need to take a messy impression and send it to the lab. The dentist then designs the restoration on the computer screen. In the virtual world of of CEREC 3D, the dentist views, manipulates and verifies all aspects of restoration design for accuracy and assurance of an ideal fit. An industrially prepared block of porcelain in the correct shade to match your tooth is then placed in the milling chamber. Minutes later, milling is complete and the restoration is ready to bond to place.

What kinds of procedures can it perform?

• Partial and full crowns
• Veneers
• Inlays, onlays, and other single tooth restorations

What are the advantages CEREC 3D offers?

• The restoration is started and finished in a single session.
• No need to wear a temporary crown which may break or fall off.
• No need to make a messy impression which would go to a lab.
• No need for a return visit for the patient!
• The restoration is natural looking, as it is made out of tooth-colored ceramic material.
• The ceramic material has the same physical characteristics of tooth enamel, unlike laboratory porcelains. It strengthens the tooth, and is kind to the surrounding teeth while being very strong and once in place, virtually unbreakable.
• Metal-free - no silver-colored fillings.
• Allows dentist to save more of the healthy tooth.
• Extremely precise. The restoration is bonded permanently in place.

Is this a new technology?

No. For over 15 years, the CEREC System has allowed dental professionals to meet patient's needs by producing single-visit all-ceramic restorations at chairside. With CEREC 3D CAD/CAM technology has reached a point where we now have an excellent alternative to silver/amalgam, and resin to restore missing parts of natural teeth.

The CEREC system can produce any permanent, single-tooth ceramic restoration, including crowns, onlays, veneers and fillings. Unlike metals and alloys, ceramic is similar to the natural tooth, so cracking is minimized because it expands and contracts at about the same rate as the tooth during temperature changes while eating. In addition, CEREC offers benefits over traditional restoration construction such as fewer injections, less drilling, less material removed from the damaged tooth, and minimal time commitment.

CEREC is an advanced dental technology that is utilized for the restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. CEREC can create full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The CEREC machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes. CEREC restorations are made of compressed porcelain. It is for this reason that they are stronger than laboratory restorations, which are layered porcelain. The most beneficial feature of receiving a CEREC restoration is that it is accomplished in one visit. In addition to the benefit of a one visit restoration, there is no uncomfortable impression material to bite on or temporary to wear.

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