Get a quality crown in a single visit with Cad-Cam dentistry in Sterling Heights MI
You may be familiar with the terms Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) as they relate to the architecture, construction, auto, and aerospace industries. But dental patients can also benefit from the efficiency and precision built into CAD/CAM systems. In fact, this technology in dentistry is aptly called “tooth in a day,” because artificial teeth that might otherwise require weeks of offsite fabrication can be made in a single visit, while you wait. Not every dental office in metro Detroit, however, has such capability onsite. Fortunately, your trusted LaserDentalAssociates.com offers Cad-Cam Dentistry in Sterling Heights MI. This approach is a great complement with LaserDentalAssociates.com’s other services and capabilities designed with patient experience, comfort, and convenience in mind, including onsite implant placement and laser technologies to promote faster healing and minimize side effects.
We get to know you, you get to know CEREC
CAD/CAM in dentistry is often referred to as “CEREC,” which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” and represents a unique type of Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing system. As its (full) name suggests, CEREC is an efficient alternative to the conventional process of getting a new tooth or teeth.
- Chairside – All aspects of the crown, veneer, bridge, and inlay or onlay are handled in-house and while you wait. Traditionally, information about and a model of your mouth is sent to an offsite lab. Technicians make the restoration based off of this information and you wait, sometimes for one or two weeks or longer.
- Economical – There is great value with the “tooth in a day” approach; for instance, instead of requiring at least two visits to get your new tooth, you only need to take time off for a single appointment. Plus, the tooth itself can be made in less than 20 minutes! Adjustments can be made quickly, without the need for a third appointment to cement the second permanent crown. A replacement crown can take as long as the initial crown so that means another week or longer wait.
- Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics – Today’s CAD/CAM systems have come a long way since the 1980s when they were first adopted by dentists. Like a lot of early efforts, the 1980s technology was considered cumbersome, and required a significant amount of time to make a “viable product.” For this reason, it remained a lab side novelty until the techniques, software, and materials improved. Now, you can enjoy a more pleasant and efficient experience while also enjoying quality restorations made from durable and lifelike dental ceramic matched to the unique shade of your teeth.
Moreover, the crown is made using a solid block of ceramic with highly cosmetic and strong properties. Due to the nature of this lasting and attractive dental ceramic, patients don’t contend with the dark line or discoloration where gum tissue meets the tooth. This discoloration is associated with porcelain fused to metal crowns and can arise over time as gums recede and the silver core peeks through the tooth-colored material. Porcelain is also friendly to tissues, so you can enjoy your new tooth for decades to come (with proper care), without complications.
Enter with a damaged tooth, leave with a beautiful smile
As a computer-aided system, CEREC relies on a digital camera to make an optical impression of the treatment area instead of the sticky putty conventionally associated with impression-taking. Based off that information, the Computer-Aided Design software renders a 3-Dimensional model of your mouth. Your new tooth is then made to CAD specifications with Computer-Aided Manufacturing. Since the tooth is milled using a machine onsite and made while you wait, the CEREC process also eliminates the need to wear a more fragile temporary restoration. Temporaries are generally not as strong as permanent crowns or other tooth structure, so you must take great care when eating to assure they don’t fall out. If a temporary does fall out, you may need to make another trip back to see Drs. Frank Rosner or Laura Pepa as it’s important to keep the site prepared and protected. The preparation involves reducing and reshaping the natural tooth to accommodate the crown or other types of restoration. Call 586-838-2017 to discover the LaserDentalAssociates.com. Existing patients, please call 586-977-9050. to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Rosner or Pepa.
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