By: Carmen Burke, D.D.S, ND, IBDM
We are excited to announce that our office has just purchased the latest CEREC CAD/CAM and onsite milling technology. Technology has changed our everyday lives; smart phones, smartwatches, tablets and self-driving cars are becoming the norm, yet many people are unaware that technology impacts the healthcare industry as well, including dentistry, in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dentistry require less time in the dental chair, decrease discomfort and create satisfying results. Our single-visit solution, CEREC®, allows us to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings and crowns while saving our patients time and money.
What is CEREC?
CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) is a single-visit solution used by thousands of dentists worldwide. CEREC uses a high-quality ceramic material (and now zirconia) that matches the natural color of the patient’s teeth to provide patients the perfect outcome. Efficient, convenient and simple, dentists around the world are quickly switching to single-visit dentistry with CEREC.
How does the instrument work?
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology that incorporates a small, hand-held camera and a computer in one instrument, and a milling unit to grind/mill restorations in-house. The camera is used to capture the 2D or 3D image of the affected tooth/teeth and the surrounding area. This image is then displayed on a computer screen where the dentist then uses the special CEREC Software to create the perfect restorative tooth/teeth. Once the virtual restoration is created, the information is then sent to the milling unit via software and milled onsite within 8-10 minutes.
What does this innovation mean for a patient?
CEREC offers natural-looking metal free, mercury free, crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays that are compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. The days of temporaries, messy impressions and waiting days for the lab to return the restoration are history. This means less stress for the patients because the process is comfortable. There is no powder, the camera is comfortable in the mouth and the process gives the highest quality restoration. CEREC has three decades of clinical research and documentation to support our technology, and restorations completed with CEREC have been proven precise, safe and effective.
How can I find out if this is an option for me?
Call our office at 303-219-0499. We will be happy to answer your questions on this new technology.