CEREC is a good preventative treatment for adults who already have extensive mercury fillings and children who already have decay in permanent teeth. It is an excellent preventive treatment because it allows restoration of your teeth with the strongest, longest lasting tooth-colored material available, with the least amount of your own tooth structure having to be removed. Your tooth is literally reconstructed with porcelain ceramic. At Gulf Canada Square Dental, we use Ceramic materials that are 3 times stronger than other ceramics so that you can enjoy a worry-free smile for years to come!
One of the greatest benefits to CEREC restorations is that they don’t wear out prematurely – and they don’t cause the opposing teeth to wear out prematurely either.
The finished CEREC porcelain ceramic is bonded directly onto the tooth, which means that more of your own healthy tooth is saved and your teeth are now stronger than before!
There are many advantages of CEREC over traditional crown technology.
Time: CEREC crowns are made in one visit, saving you considerable time away from your job and family.
Comfort: With CEREC, there is no need for a temporary crown, which eliminates significant potential discomfort.
Aesthetics: The strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials of CEREC restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function and closely match the composition of natural tooth structure.
Strength: Milled ceramic is stronger than the traditional method of layering and pressing, so your smile will stay beautiful for years!
Fillings: CEREC material and technology can also be used for fillings. Since they are made out of porcelain, they are more durable than white composite fillings. We use only high quality materials (such as e.max) that are 3 times stronger than other ceramic materials. These materials are ideal for such issues as:
First, the dentist removes any old filling(s) and existing decay. The tooth is then scanned using a blue light scanner, and the exact dimensions are fed directly into the CEREC computer. A three-dimensional picture of your tooth appears immediately on the computer monitor and you can watch the CEREC screen as Dr. Bryant Tomimoto manipulates the 3D software. By using CEREC’s CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology, the missing part of the tooth is designed to fit back in place, like the piece of a jigsaw puzzle. The result is a digitally customized and exact replacement for your tooth.
Next, the CEREC acquisition units then sends all the specific information to a robotic milling machine for processing. A ceramic block that matches the exact shading of your own natural tooth color is selected and placed in the milling unit, where a precise diamond-cut ceramic restoration is instantly created, just for you. Your dentist then quickly bonds this new custom-made restoration into place and any necessary adjustments are made for your comfort.
And within minutes, your new CEREC restoration is complete!
For our patients, using the CEREC process means that we can avoid taking messy impressions, packing string around the gums, wearing a temporary for 2 weeks, or having to return to be re-frozen to insert the permanent crown or inlay. Instead, the milling of the inlay can be completed in about 12 minutes and bonded into place that same day!
Q) What does “CEREC” mean?
A) CEREC stands for CEramic REConstruction.
Q) How many CEREC restorations have been done?
A) It is estimated that over 30,000,000 CEREC restorations have been placed worldwide. The number continues to increase.
Q) For which indications can CEREC create restorations?
A) CEREC can be used for a full range of single-unit indications: inlays, onlays, partial crowns, posterior crowns, anterior crowns and veneers.
Q) What are the benefits of CEREC teeth crowns?
A) CEREC teeth crowns offer all the benefits of safe, bio-compatible porcelain crowns but without the wait and without the often uncomfortable temporary crown.
Q) Are the restorations durable?
A) Yes. Our tooth crowns are made with advanced dental materials that hold up to heavy wear.
Q) Are they strong enough to be used on back teeth?
A) Yes. Our crowns can be used on any tooth.