ARE CEREC ONE-DAY CROWNS RIGHT FOR ME?
CEREC – which stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic (a mouthful!) – is a revolutionary replacement for traditional crowns, inlays and onlays, and veneers, which are used to correct dental damage. With these conventional treatments, the waiting time is significant, and the procedure drags on. With CEREC, patients can make a single visit to the dentist and walk away with a winning smile.
If you require a ceramic restoration of any type, CEREC can save you time and money. The CEREC crowns can last up to five years, and sometimes as long as ten years if they are well cared for. (Note that CEREC devices may not be right for those with a deep bite. Ask Dr. Rahbar during your free consultation in San Diego if you are a candidate for CEREC.)
BENEFITS OF CEREC:
- Elimination of temporary restorations
- Minimally invasive treatment
- Top-quality materials
- An end to discomfort
- Short, condensed treatment time
- Greater preservation of the natural tooth
- Durability and longevity
COMPONENTS OF CEREC - THE CEREC SYSTEM HAS THREE ELEMENTS:
AN ACQUISITION DEVICE.
Thanks to a computerized camera, the dentist can use 3D images of the tooth to create the ideal ceramic restoration for each patient’s mouth. This photographic process ensures a high degree of precision and customization every time.
3D IMAGING SOFTWARE.
The software allows the dentist to manipulate images from every angle, examining the teeth in ways that are not possible with traditional 2D x-rays. The teeth can be inverted, rotated and maneuvered by the dentist, just as if they were holding the teeth in their hands.
A MILLING DEVICE.
This mechanism creates personalized restorations based on the information gleaned by the computerized 3D imaging system. The dentist will select a ceramic unit that best matches the patient’s tooth color, and the milling unit creates the chosen restoration in a matter of minutes, in the vein of 3D printing.