Back when the pace of life was slower, just one single day did not allow you to accomplish too much with regards to your smile. However, what a difference a day makes with the help of CEREC technology. CEREC technology is the same technology which is responsible for giving you one-day crowns and veneers. Nobody else values your time more than Dr. Eric Martin, Dr. Nick Sabbia and the rest of the team at their Champaign, IL dental clinic, and it’s for that same reason that they have introduced CEREC technology.
What is CEREC technology?
CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or simply Ceramic Reconstruction. Developed by Sirona, CEREC technology makes use of CAD/CAM equipment in order to come up with impressions of your teeth as well as 3D versions of the same. An infrared camera enables the technology to come up with accurate optical impressions of your teeth that require treatment with crowns, inlays and inlays, or veneers. Once improvements with regards to the shape of your teeth have been made digitally, CAM technology then enables your dentist to mill the dental work right inside his very own dental practice in just a matter of minutes. Because of the fact that CEREC dental works can be completed in just one visit to the dentist, this service has been dubbed as same-day dentistry.
How is the procedure done?
If you are considering CEREC with regards to having a tooth or two treated, Dr. Martin or Dr. Sabbia would first have to assess your teeth to see if they can benefit from CEREC technology. Once this is determined to be a positive, then your dentist would proceed with the anesthetization of the affected tooth or teeth in preparation for the procedure.
Your dentist would then shave off portions of the tooth or teeth in order to accommodate the restoration in the same manner as if you were moving forward with the traditional means of getting dental crowns or veneers. However, instead of making dental impressions with the help of a dental cast, your dentist will then make use of an optical scanner to make digital impressions. The digital impression would then be used by your dentist as a guide in making your crowns or dental veneers.
Once your dentist is finished making the necessary digital changes, the design is then sent to the milling device for fabrication. It will take around 20 to 30 minutes in order for the milling device to finish fabricating the dental work.
What is the overall quality of CEREC produced dental works?
Don’t be fooled by the rate at which dental works are made, too. Just because CEREC crowns and veneers are made in just a matter of minutes does not mean that the quality of your smile will necessarily have to suffer. On the contrary, this technology can support staining and glazing of dental works in order to make the finished products more life-like, and dental works may even be fired in an oven for greater strength and improved quality.
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