What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for chairside economical restorations of esthetic ceramic.
What does that mean in layman’s terms? An in-house, same-day milling machine that creates customized porcelain dental restorations without the patient having to leave the office. In most cases, this includes ceramic crowns, inlays/onlays, dental veneers, or implant restorations.
How CEREC Works
If you’ve heard of 3D printing and CAD/CAM imaging, then you probably already have a good idea as to what the CEREC dental concept is like. In 1987, CEREC was invented to allow dentists to take digital dental impressions and create in-house restorations for their patients, rather than send them off to a 3rd party lab to have made by someone outside of the practice.
By scanning your prepared tooth with a high-resolution imaging wand, the digital information is virtually mapped inside of the CEREC software program. From there, our Phoenix dentist can select a custom color of ceramic and place the block into the machine, where CEREC carves the restoration to match the virtual model of the tooth in the program.
The biggest difference is that the crown is made and delivered on the same day in our Phoenix dentist office. There’s no need to wear a temporary crown for 2-3 weeks or make another appointment to complete your treatment.
Phoenix Same Day Dentistry
You have a busy life. Between work, weekend plans, trying to catch up on the laundry, and shuffling kids between extracurricular activities, your free time is limited. With CEREC you can cut your dental appointments in half, completing in one visit what most dentists do in two.
Same day dentistry doesn’t mean you’re getting a quick, sloppy “rush job.” Rather, it means your dentist has incorporated more efficient and advanced techniques in their practice. The quality of CEREC restorations is second to none. Because they’re carved from a solid block of ceramic, you know they’ll be durable, consistent in color, and look great on your tooth.
What to Expect
A CEREC dental treatment is usually just a little bit longer than a traditional dental appointment. This extra time is when the milling machine is making your restoration, but it provides us with more flexibility when you need to have other dental work completed the same day.
After numbing your tooth, we’ll buff the outer layer or damaged enamel away so that your new restoration can fit in place. Then, we scan it and interpret the 3D image in the CEREC software system. You can even see your virtual tooth right on the computer screen! While your mouth is still numb, the restoration is made and then permanently bonded in place. This unique characteristic of same day CEREC treatments helps us to minimize any sensitivity or discomfort often associated with traditional crown fabrication.
As soon as you look in the mirror, you’ll see a brand-new smile staring back at you!
3D Design and X-Ray of a Same Day Crown at our Office in Phoenix
Top Rated CEREC Dentist in Phoenix
Thanks to same day dental restorations, our Phoenix based CEREC and implant dentist, Dr. Behbahani can offer treatments like replacing your missing teeth in one day. Call Central Valley Dentistry at (602) 246-0385 today to get started.Get your implants done by one of the top rated dentist in the area!
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