CEREC machines have made their way into some dental practices these days offering patients the option for same day crown services. This is incredibly convenient for the on-the-go, busy schedule lifestyle individual. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. CEREC uses a program called CAD/CAM (Computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) software to take in-mouth digital impressions quickly to generate a precisely fitted crown. With this kind of technology, your dentist is able to prep, scan, and create a crown, inlay or onlay within hours in one single visit!
Creation and placement of a custom designed crown is one of the most commonly performed treatments in the dental office. Dental crowns are made to fit over the entire tooth and are typically used to reinforce a tooth that is heavily damaged, decayed or broken. The biggest difference between CEREC crowns and dental lab crowns is the amount of time it takes for crown to be produced.
- Dr. Still will prepare the tooth.
- An intraoral camera is used to take a digital image or impression of your tooth.
- Based on the images taken, the CEREC software creates a virtual model of your tooth. Dr. Still uses this model to construct the tooth restoration on the screen and passes the finished construction wirelessly to an in-office milling machine.
- A high-grade ceramic, plaque resistant material is then milled, or manufactured to complete your new crown by a CEREC device.
- After, Dr. Still adds finishing touches to the restoration, he will immediately place the crown on your tooth. Little to no bite adjustments are needed!
- Your CEREC crown is perfectly sized, shaped and shaded to compliment your individual smile for optimal form and function.
CEREC machine offers the benefits of digital dental impressions, no waiting, highly precise fittings, no temporary crowns, looks and feels natural, preserves your smile and is made of safe and sturdy materials. Dr. Still and his team use the latest dental technology (like CEREC) to improve your experience as a patient.