CEREC – Same Day Crowns
Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC, has been in use at Willis Dental Care for 20 years now. CEREC allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, in one visit, saving patients time and inconvenience.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is a chairside computer system that allows our dentists to make digital impressions without using that goopy impression material. This system can be used to make crowns, bridges and veneers. It is also plays a vital part in planning and placing dental implants in our practice. Digital orthodontics are also possible now using CEREC technology.
How does it make a crown?
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the teeth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one and a half hours.
What does this innovation mean for a patient?
One Visit! That's right! In one visit, a tooth-colored restoration can be delivered. That means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. The CEREC has over a three decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.
How can I find out if this is an option for me?
Call the office of Willis Dental. We will be happy to answer your questions on this new technology.
For more information on CEREC, call Willis Dental in Montgomery, AL at (334) 260-2929!