Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC®, allows us to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, also known as crowns, saving you time and inconvenience.
What is a crown?
A crown is essentially a “cap” that is placed over your existing tooth to restore its shape, size, appearance, or strength. A natural, tooth-colored ceramic material is used to create this tooth-like restoration.
When is a crown needed?
A crown may be suggested in the following situations:
- If you have a weak or cracked tooth, sometimes due to decay or a large filling.
- If your teeth are discolored or if you’d like to improve the shape and appearance of your teeth.
- If you have a missing tooth and require a dental implant.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. Translated, it means that a Dr. Paul can restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.
How does the instrument work?
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. Dr. Paul uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where he uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while you wait. Finally, he bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes less than two hours.
What does this innovation mean for you?
A tooth-colored restoration means no longer having silver fillings which tend to discolor smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. We no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.