CEREC dentistry is a popular buzz phrase in the field of dentistry today, but do you know why and what it is? CEREC, short for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics dentistry is a method of CAD/CAM dentistry that allows your dentist to produce a ceramic restoration in his office using 3D technology and printing. CEREC dentistry has been around since 1987, but has gained momentum in the dental industry as technology has continued to expand and grow. CEREC dentistry can be used to treat/fill/crown teeth that are decayed, broken, and weakened. Natural strength and beauty can be restored with tooth-colored materials all in a single appointment. Learn how this technology can impact your dental experience at our Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies office.
What is CEREC Dentistry?
CEREC dentistry with the CAD/CAM system has been on the market for a good 30 years now. In this time, over 250 scientific studies have confirmed the clinical safety of CEREC tooth restorations. Worldwide, more than 30 million tooth restorations have been produced with CEREC. CEREC utilizes 3D photography and CAD/CAM technology to assist a dentist in designing a virtual restoration (onlay, inlay, crown, or bridge) without taking impressions. When combined with a milling unit, CEREC can build the actual restoration while you are still in the chair.
Why Do Patients Prefer the CEREC System of Care?
Dental science and technology is constantly looking for ways to improve the patient experience—both in treatment effectivity and comfort. Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies stays up-to-date on the most recent technological tools and techniques. Even though CEREC dentistry has been available for a few decades, some dentists have been slow to invest in the technology. Our patients love our use of CEREC technology in our office because it offers restorations that are:
- Efficient and Long-Lasting
- Precise and Made Onsite
- Biocompatible (Metal-Free Materials)
Before the CEREC system entered the picture, restorative dentistry required multiple visits to your dental office. But with the CEREC system you can have your inlays, onlays, crowns, bridges or veneers done in one appointment. The ability to receive the dental care you need in one visit makes treatment more convenient and attractive. Patients are less likely to postpone a needed dental treatment or procedure when they know they can have their restoration work completed in one visit rather than multiple.
CEREC dentistry is more efficient because it eliminates the need for multiple visits and it incorporates computer technology that eliminates the need for traditional impressions, sending molds to labs for processing, and refitting appointments. With CEREC technology your dentist is your designer. He can work with you to obtain the perfect fit and the perfect look all in one appointment. CEREC products are also longer lasting, because of their more precise fit, the strength of the bonding technology, and the durability of the ceramic and resins used to make your restoration.
With traditional restorations, it is not uncommon for a crown to return from the lab and have it not fit correctly. Restorations that have to be fabricated offsite add a middle man to the process. With CEREC technology your restorations are made with in-house CAD/CAM systems that provide a type of accuracy that just isn’t found with traditional impression methods for creating crowns. The CEREC system’s use of digital imaging provides a more accurate design image for the crafting of your crown. The accuracy of CEREC dentistry means that your restoration will fit more precisely, requiring less adjustments and return visits to your dental office. If something doesn’t feel right, your dentist can adjust it right then and there without you needing to wait for it to be sent off to a dental lab for reworking.
CEREC dentistry makes the whole restorative-dentistry process more comfortable. Patients can forego the former, gag-inducing impression process and enjoy the benefits of digital impressions. The precision-crafting of CEREC products, provide a more accurate and comfortable fit so patients can leave the office with greater comfort.
Biocompatible, Metal-Free Materials
Dentists are dedicated to your oral health and your total body wellness. Because of this, we try and avoid introducing any dental materials into our mouth that could be potentially hazardous. Amalgam fillings—a common, metal material used in the past for dental fillings—is now being replaced with composite fillings made of biocompatible porcelain or ceramic. These materials are safer for the health of your body because they don’t contain toxic compounds or the mercury that metal fillings do.
Experience the Benefits of CEREC Dentistry
Using the E4D Dental system, your same-day restorations are created in our Fort Collins office. The E4D Dental system allows us to scan, design, and mill your new crowns with same-day convenience and precision. This latest advance in restorative dentistry is fast and precise, providing the following benefits over traditional methods:
- no messy silicone molds
- no waiting for 3rd party dental labs to finish
- no temporary crowns to wear
- no multiple visits, the permanent crown is customized and bonded to your tooth the same day
Call for a Free CEREC Dentistry Consultation
If you’d like to know more about the benefits of CEREC Dentistry, or if you’d like to make an appointment, call our Fort Collins office today at (970) 223-8425. For added convenience, you can also reach us online by sending a contact or appointment request using the form below.