CEREC (Instant Dental Crowns)

A quick, high tech alternative to dental crowns.


Last modified: September 23, 2011


Dr Luana O'Connor
Dentist

Happy Dental Romania
and WhereismyDoctor.com Contributing Writer


CEREC (Instant Dental Crowns)

What is CEREC?

Ever wanted to have a new tooth, and you don’t want to wait for weeks on end?

This is where CEREC technology comes into play for the patient and the dentist. CEREC Technology enables dentists to create and fit new teeth in a single visit.

CEREC is a system that is revolutionizing the dental care industry, by providing technology that dentists can use to design, create and fit a new dental crown in just a single appointment.





CEREC Procedure

The first thing to understand about using CERC, is that the dentist will not need to make a mould using “dental gunk” in the normal way they do today in order to create an artificial tooth.

The dentist will take a digital picture of the tooth that is being worked on or replaced. The image from the camera is then transformed into a 3D image of the tooth, which will be used to design the new tooth. As soon as the dentist is satisfied with the 3D model of the new tooth, the dentist will then transfer the image to the milling machine located in the dental practice. The machine will then create a new tooth from a block of high quality ceramic. The new tooth will be created quite quickly, in as little as 6 minutes, depending on the complexity of the tooth design.

The blocks of high quality ceramic from which the tooth is created come in a variety of shades and colours, so the new tooth will blend in with your current teeth. Once the new tooth, be it a dental crown or inlay/onlay, has been created the dentist may make further adjustments to coloring so it matches well with the existing teeth. The new tooth will then be fitted, checked and then cemented in place.




Advantages of CEREC

There are some distinct advantages for using CEREC Technology for treatments compared to traditional dental lab created teeth:

Instead of waiting for 1-3 weeks for a new tooth to be created by the dental lab, patients can have their new tooth in one visit, one procedure and lose less time than one normally would having to make multiple visits.

For patients that don’t like injections, the CEREC Technology is ideal. Patients can have the procedure carried out in one session so there is only the need to have one set of injections.

CEREC Technology also takes the control of the tooth creation away from the lab, who never sees the patient, and enables the dentist to create the tooth with the patient right there making any minor adjustments without having to send the tooth back to the lab.

Finally, CEREC Technology benefits patients, as there is no need for the dentist to place a temporary crown while waiting for the dental lab to create a new tooth.




Cost of CEREC

The automatic first response by patients when asked is that they think CEREC teeth are much more expensive than traditional lab made teeth. This is not true. CEREC Technology teeth are usually pretty similar in pricing as traditional dental lab made teeth. The pricing is usually dependent on the dentist and the practice set up. Look around and see that CEREC Technology Teeth are as cost effective as dental lab made teeth.
 













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