Sterling Heights patients ask, “What is the CEREC CAD/CAM system and how is it used for tooth restoration?”
Sterling Heights, MI patients faced with the restoration of a natural tooth may be told that they can benefit from the placement of a dental crown. At LaserDentalAssociates.com, Drs. Rosner and Pepa not only offer dental crowns, but also same-day restorations with the use of CEREC technology.
What is the CEREC CAD/CAM system?
The dentists of LaserDentalAssociates.com describe CEREC as a CAD/CAM digital system that is used to not only design restorations in specialized software, but then use these designs to mill restorations out of blocks of porcelain.
What restorations can be made with this device?
Restorations that can be fabricated with the use of CEREC include:
Who is a candidate for CEREC restorations?
Anyone who needs a ceramic restoration may benefit from the use of our same-day system. Our dentists will evaluate patients to determine if they need a dental restoration that can be fabricated in this way, and then walk patients through the process.
How are restorations typically made and placed?
In a traditional dental practice, restorations can take lots of time to create. The dentist evaluates the patient to determine their need for a restoration. The type of restoration is then considered, whether it is a dental crown or other solution. Then preparations are made. In the case of a dental crown, some of the natural tooth enamel is shaved down to prevent the new restoration from adding bulk to the smile. Impressions are made, and these models are sent off to a dental laboratory, which is typically states away. A temporary restoration is put in place to protect the tooth in the meantime, and patients must wait sometimes a week or more for their new restoration. Once the crown comes back from the dental laboratory, patients come into the office again for the final placement. The dentist places the crown onto the tooth after removing the temporary, and patients have finally completed the process.
How is the CEREC process different?
With CEREC, a lot of the standard process is eliminated. Patients come into the practice and are evaluated for their restorations. Preparations are made to the natural tooth structure, and following that, digital impressions are made and transferred to the CAD/CAM software. Then, the dentist chooses a block of porcelain that matches the color of the natural teeth, and the machine mills the restoration right in the dental office in approximately 20 minutes or less. Patients relax in the dental chair during this time, and then the dentist bonds the restoration in place during that same visit. Patients leave the practice with their brand-new restoration without having to deal with temporaries, long wait times, or additional appointments.
What are the benefits of CEREC restorations?
CEREC restorations are comparable in quality to those that come from the dental laboratory, but are made in a fraction of the time. This is the primary advantage to using CEREC technology to enjoy new restorations. Additionally, if there are any concerns regarding the fit or the shape of the dental crown, a new one can be made right away without any further delays. If patients go the conventional route with a dental laboratory, replacement crowns will take as much time as the original. Our team of professionals value our patients’ time and want to make the process fast and efficient, which is why we have invested in CEREC for our office. Not every dental practice has access to this technology, setting us apart from other dental offices in the areas of Troy, Warren, and Sterling Heights, MI. Patients who are interested in discussing the advantages of this technology are welcome to ask our team about how CEREC can completely change the way patients look at dental restorations.
Schedule some time to learn more about the advantages of CEREC technology
Drs. Rosner and Pepa of LaserDentalAssociates.com can assist patients in finding out the benefits of same-day dental restorations. Contact our office at 36150 Dequindre, Suite 800 by calling 586-838-2017 to schedule a consultation visit. We welcome new patients in and around the area of Sterling Heights, MI.
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