Today’s cosmetic dentistry has evolved to the point that cosmetic dentists are addressing functional and aesthetic patient concerns. In its most simple form, cosmetic dentistry can be referred to as a process whereby one’s smile and teeth take a turn for the most positive, and while it is indeed common to associate the concept with veneers or tooth whitening, the right cosmetic dentist can take these benefits so much further.
The dental practice world has been revolutionized by the introduction of CEREC by Sirona Dental Systems, a world-leading technology application that takes care of all ceramic dental restoration procedures in one typical dentist office visit. CEREC allows patients the pleasure of getting and in and out of the dentist’s office in a single visit for procedures involving all-ceramic crowns, onlays or veneers. And who wouldn’t want fewer injections, less drilling and less time in the normally dreaded dentist’s chair?
Before we delve into the benefits of cosmetic dentistry and same-day cosmetic dentistry, let us explain a bit more about the CEREC approach in modern day dentistry. This process allows a dental professional to economically restore damaged teeth in one patient visit, as we have already covered, utilizing a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of the other teeth. But CEREC also boasts two decades of clinical research and practical experience to support the success of the technology, with more than eight million restorations performed worldwide.
CEREC makes use of Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology which incorporates a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. This allows for bleeding-edge dentistry approaches, with the special camera able to obtain an accurate picture of the damaged tooth under observation.
Why CEREC and the Advantages of Cosmetic Dentistry
A dentist who provides CEREC-enabled crowns is able to produce the devices right in the office…and this is the primary benefit to taking such an approach. There’s no longer a need to take a patient’s information and impressions, send them to an outside lab and then wait for weeks for the crown to be delivered to the office, ready for placement. But how else does CEREC benefit the cosmetic dentistry patient?
• Eliminates multiple trips to the dentist for permanent crown replacement
• Speeds up the treatment timeline
• Eliminates reliance on a temporary crown that may be prone to falling out
• Retains remarkably lifelike porcelain materials which can be tailored to match the natural shade of patients’ teeth
• Removes the need to use metal, which also improves aesthetics
• Preserves a natural tooth in crown applications, making these devices particularly valuable to dentists and their patients
The bottom line is that CEREC crowns improve on earlier treatments because they can restore your smile in a matter of hours, while offering a number of other advantages beyond what has been outlined here.