Have you ever dreamed of all-ceramic restorations in one single appointment with your trusted dental care expert? That dream becomes a vivid reality through the CEREC chairside solution, a unique CAD/CAM implementation that not only represents the most recognized and used dental CAD/CAM system worldwide but one that also boasts nearly 30 years of successful continuous development, over 28 million restorations completed, more than 250 scientifically-based studies to back up the system’s clinical security and a sense of technological superiority involving two camera solutions and three different milling units.
A General Look at How CEREC Works
CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) dentistry encompasses a digital impression from one or more scans using visible light scanning, digital radiographs, CT scans or other methods, in addition to a process which designs the dental restoration on a computer (resulting in a 3D model rendering) and manufactures the restoration via computer-aided manufacturing by the way of CNC milling, 3D printing or other means. To complete all these steps – chairside – in a dentist’s office, the dental professional must use an image acquisition unit with the aforementioned intraoral camera, corresponding designing software and a milling machine or printer.
Park Avenue Dental Fun Fact: Approximately 38,000 dentists have reported using the CEREC method as of October 2013, producing some 6.9 million restorations each year.
A Glimpse Into the Technology
During a chairside treatment, such as one performed by Park Avenue Dental, your dental professional will carry out all the necessary steps – from digital impressions and computer-based construction to the milling process – at his or her office. At Park Avenue Dental, Dr. Sherman uses the aforementioned intraoral camera to take a photo of the preparation, what is known as the “antagonist teeth” and the condition of the bite, and depending on the images rendered, the CEREC software creates a virtual model of your tooth and its status.
Dr. Sherman then uses this model to construct the tooth restoration onscreen, eventually passing the finished construction on within Park Avenue Dental’s network. Depending on the type of restoration, it is then milled out of a color-matched ceramic block in a mere six to 15 minutes using diamond-coated milling units. Dr. Sherman can then add the finishing touches to the restoration by painting, polishing and glazing it before performing the cementing process (a more traditional option) or integrating it adhesively, depending on the type of ceramic used.
Particularly speaking, what’s known as silicate ceramics – i.e. “feldspar” and glass ceramics – are the ideal choices for single tooth restorations such as inlays, crowns, onlays and veneers in the front and on the sides of the mouth. From our experience dealing with these situations, we can honestly say that oxide-based ceramics are particularly ideal for high-strength bridge frameworks and crown copings in these front and side areas of the mouth; an enhanced level of long-lasting durability and breaking strength is ensured.
What Benefits Will You See?
Beyond the obvious and well-documented fact that CEREC technology makes it feasible to produce and integrate ceramic restorations in a single appointment, there’s also the copious oral benefits of the ceramic material itself. Unlike amalgam or gold, ceramic is more biocompatible and boasts tooth-like physical and aesthetic qualities…exactly what you’re after when you’re having work like this done at Park Avenue Dental. Further, digital impressions are more comfortable for patients – in our experience – than traditional ways of obtaining impressions.
In further developing and enhancing this process, it has become possible to reduce the amount of follow-up work and time-sensitive occlusion adjustment often necessary in past procedures.
• According to studies, the 10-year lifespan of CEREC inlays polished and milled by way of a computer is not only significantly longer than that of gold inlays, it also exceeds that of individually laboratory-manufactured ceramic inlays.
• Additional clinical studies have found that the success rate of CEREC restorations is some 95.5-percent following a nine-year period and 84-percent after 18 years.
To summarize, here are Park Avenue Dental’s top 10 benefits of CEREC same-day dentistry:
1. Without any doubt, the number-one benefit is that you get your new smile…today, in one visit.
2. CEREC saves you valuable time because now you don’t have to miss too much work or use up your vacation time showing up for multiple appointments.
3. No more having to endure wearing a plastic temporary crown of fittings that are often discolored and uncomfortable to bear for two to three weeks.
4. Your mouth is “mapped out digitally” – so no more goop, messy impressions or discomfort.
5. You experience natural-looking color-matching to your existing teeth, with 17 available shades and no more metal or bulky porcelain.
6. CEREC crowns are milled from a single block of high-quality ceramic that is compatible with your body and boasts the same characteristics as teeth enamel.
7. CEREC crowns are non-invasive to the remaining healthy tooth.
8. CEREC crowns are less prone to cracks and flaws than other restoration approaches.
9. CEREC crowns have a natural feel, are smoothly polished and fitted to YOUR exact bite.
10. CEREC crowns are designed so you won’t have problems with sensitive teeth, as they expand and contract naturally based on hot or cold temperatures.
Same day dentistry has evolved to a whole new level with CEREC. In fact, many dental professionals believe the art of cosmetic dentistry will never be the same since the advent of this approach, and we at Park Avenue Dental happen to agree with this sentiment. Discover for yourself today how we can take care of your dental crowns in an advanced, safe and schedule-transforming manner by clicking here.