Dentistry is one field in which technological advancements have truly brought about amazing benefits for today’s patients. Yet many people remain unaware of the extent to which technology has minimized the discomfort and inconvenience that they may associate with dental procedures.
One of the most exciting new tools for dentists is the CEREC System. CEREC is basically a high-tech instrument that helps dentists restore damaged teeth. In fact, it’s the world’s only system for the fabrication of all-ceramic dental restorations in one office visit.
Single Appointment Dental Care
Traditionally prepared restorations such as a crown require at least two office visits. At your first visit, we prepare the tooth, take an impression, and install a temporary restoration. A few weeks later, you return for removal of the temporary restoration, and installation of the permanent crown.
With the CEREC System, we take a high-precision optical impression of the tooth using a special camera. With computer-aided design technology, the restoration is designed directly from the optical impression while you wait.
Within about 15 minutes, computer-aided manufacturing produces a precise restoration of tooth-colored ceramic material. With a strong chemical bond, we attach the newly milled restoration, leaving more of the healthy portion of the tooth than traditional crowns.
Strength, Beauty & Health in Ceramic Teeth
The ceramic material used in the CEREC System helps restore your teeth to their natural beauty, strength and function. They not only look great, they more closely match the composition of the tooth’s natural structure than amalgam, gold and other metals.
Although the CEREC System represents cutting-edge technology, it actually has a history of nearly 20 years of clinical research and use, with over 6 million restorations successfully placed.
If too much of a tooth has been lost to decay, it may not be fixable with a simple filling. We are often able to restore such a tooth with a crown…but in some cases, we may be able to save more of the natural tooth by using a porcelain onlay.
A crown requires more removal of the existing tooth and covers the entire remaining surface down to the gumline. A porcelain onlay is a more conservative option, covering only the weak portions of the tooth and not reaching to the gumline. In addition to retaining more of the natural tooth, there is also less likelihood of gum irritation and infection with a porcelain onlay. Porcelain onlays are also easier to keep clean, and the natural-looking porcelain surface is aesthetically pleasing, more closely matching the appearance of neighboring teeth.
For more information, please call us at (301) 864-5200 and visit our website at www.thedentalgroup.com.