August 8, 2017
Have you ever had a dental crown? If so, you know the process can last for weeks. You have to visit the dentist at least twice, wait for a dental lab to create the restoration, and potentially send the restoration back to a lab for alterations. Some dentists offer a simple, same day solution for advanced restorations – CEREC. The name CEREC stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. While that sounds complicated, it really just means the entire restoration design, creation, and placement process is completed right in our office during just one appointment.
Most Common Restorations
CEREC is most often used to create a dental crown. These restoration are typically crafted in a lab, which can take several weeks. The CEREC process is essentially the same, but we remove the days or weeks of waiting for a dental lab crafted crown. Treatment begins with the dentist numbing the area around the tooth. Then, the tooth is prepared. This means removal of a small amount of surface enamel that allows the crown to fit over the top of the tooth without changing the shape of the smile line. Then, we use the CEREC digital impression tool to capture the shape of the prepared tooth. These digital scans are transferred to a chairside computer where we design the restoration. The dentist sends this design to an in-office milling unit. The milling unit forms a cube of quality ceramic into a custom restoration. Once this milling process is complete, we can place the crown and make any adjustments.
In addition to dental crowns, the CEREC system can be used to create fixed bridges and porcelain veneers. We may also use our same day restoration system to make replacement teeth that can be attached to dental implants.
CEREC and Dental Implants
One of the many deterrents for patients when it comes to choosing dental implant tooth replacement is time. This treatment option requires patients to invest months in their restoration. However, with the CEREC system, we design, craft, and place a dental crown or bridge that will be attached to the implant post as soon as it has fused with the jawbone.
Meet the Kwon Dental Team
At Kwon Dental, we are dedicate to providing dental education to improve the quality of service for our patients. This blog is one more way we share important information with our patients. If you’d like to learn more about CEREC restorations or other dental services in our Dallas dentistry practice, call our knowledgeable team to schedule a consultation today. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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