If you need to repair damaged teeth, restore a root canal, support large fillings or improve the appearance of your smile, CEREC crowns may be just what’s needed. Using cutting-edge CAD/CAM technology, they allow dentists to design and fabricate restorations right in their dental office.
Your Mesa, AZ dentist will use special software to scan your tooth(s), design the new crown and create a template for it before milling machine creates the crown out of a block of ceramic material.
Cost of CEREC
By using CEREC CAD/CAM technology, dentists can design and create permanent ceramic dental restorations in just one appointment using CEREC. These restorations are stronger than traditional crowns as well as made with metal-free material which makes it comfortable to chew upon while protecting against bacteria growth.
With CEREC technology, dentists can take an image of each tooth using a 3D imaging camera and use computer software to design custom restorations. Once designed, they choose ceramic blocks that best match up with natural teeth colors before selecting an on-site milling device that produces it within about 20 minutes.
CEREC can complete its process in as little as two hours compared to traditional crowns which typically require two visits to the dentist for installation. Although CEREC’s costs can be slightly higher than its conventional counterparts, its convenience and reduced stress make it an attractive option for patients.
Convenience of CEREC
CEREC crowns provide an effective solution to restore damaged teeth. Constructed of strong ceramic material and designed to look natural, CEREC crowns offer fast and pain-free restoration for damaged enamel. Furthermore, this procedure can often be completed within one visit, saving time for patients who are tight on schedules.
CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology to produce custom dental restorations. A dentist uses local anesthesia on any affected teeth before scanning them with an intra-oral camera and sending the information into software which then highlights any problem areas and allows the dentist to design his custom restoration in 3D before having it milled from a block of ceramic.
After being assembled, the ceramic restoration will then be polished and installed on to the tooth or teeth. This method can be used for creating dental implants, fixed bridges, inlays and onlays, veneers, dentures and some orthodontic appliances.
Lifespan of CEREC
Cerec dentists use CEREC technology to fabricate dental prosthetics such as crowns, inlays/onlays, veneers and bridges for patients. The computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) process saves patients both time and money with only one office visit needed for each restoration process. After numbing and preparing the tooth at issue, a scanner takes digital impressions which are fed directly into software program which then designs restoration. An in-house milling unit then creates ceramic restoration.
According to a clinical retrospective study, porcelain CEREC crowns can last up to 30 years with proper care. Their lifespan depends on individual factors like lifestyle and oral hygiene habits such as teeth grinding/clenching/clenching, frequent cavities or poor hygiene; factors like teeth grinding can shorten its life significantly so it is crucial that patients practice good dental health habits and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments with their dentist.
CEREC(r) dental crowns and veneers that we create for our patients are strong, durable and metal free – making them appear natural when worn in the mouth and seamlessly fitting alongside adjacent teeth. In contrast to traditional restorations, our CEREC(r) restorations consist of one block of porcelain reflecting light in an identical manner as real teeth do.
Traditionally, patients seeking to restore damaged or discolored teeth would wait several weeks before receiving dental crowns from a lab. After numbing the affected area and taking impressions with dental putty impressions were sent directly to a laboratory that produces crowns.
With this new technology, however, the process can now be completed in one visit. After numbing and preparing a tooth for restoration, our dentists use 3D intraoral scans of both it and surrounding dentition using a small handheld device for 3D intraoral scans using design software to create custom models of restoration restoration that is passed directly on to machines that will then sculpt a crown out of ceramic block material.