What is CEREC?
CEREC is a high-tech dental device that we have in our offices that allows our patients to go from diagnosis to walking out of our office with their new crown in place, all in the same day. (Actually, it only takes a couple of hours from start to finish!)
CEREC uses the CAD/CAM or “Computer Aided Design” and “Computer Aided Manufacturing” technology to create your CEREC crown in just one visit. This cutting-edge digital mapping technology charts the inside of your mouth and takes a computer image of your tooth, so it’s very detailed and accurate. Your new tooth is milled out of a solid ceramic block in our office and bonded to your tooth after it has been prepared. It’s that simple!
What is the typical process to get a dental crown?
The process is very time consuming and cumbersome, as a crown is a cap that is often made of porcelain that encases the tooth, creating a permanent protective covering. Before CEREC technology, a patient visiting the dentist for a crown was faced with an involved process:
- After the oral exam, that includes dental x-rays and other imaging the doctor will determine that a crown is needed.
- During the first appointment, the tooth is numbed so the crown can fit onto the preparation.
- Then a mold or an impression of that preparation is made.
- Once this is done, the impression or the mold is sent to an outside lab to make the crown.
- In the meantime, the patient is given a temporary crown, which is worn for one to two weeks until the lab completes the fabrication of the original crown. Unfortunately, the temporary restoration is often weak and comes off easily, which can add embarrassment to a patient’s frustration.
- During the second appointment, the actual crown is finally placed.
What is the process to get a CEREC Crown?
When you get a CEREC Crown at San Marcos Dental Studio, you get to skip the gooey impression and the second visit! The process is much faster and easier:
- After your oral exam and digital x-rays, Dr. Roberts will determine if a crown is necessary.
- The doctor will prepare your tooth.
- An intraoral camera is used to take a digital image or impression of your tooth.
- Based on the image, the CEREC software creates a virtual model of the patient’s tooth. The dentist uses this model to construct the tooth restoration on the screen and passes the finished construction wirelessly to an in-office milling machine.
- A high-grade ceramic, plaque-resistant material is then milled, or manufactured, to complete your new crown by the CEREC device. You can even watch, if you’d like!
- After the dentist adds finishing touches to the restoration, he will immediately place the crown on your tooth. Little to no bite adjustment is needed.
- Your CEREC Crown is perfectly sized, shaped, and shaded to complement your individual smile for optimal form and function.
The entire CEREC Crown process is completed in one visit!
Is the CEREC Crown durable?
A CEREC Crown or “same day crown” offers an affordable solution for anyone wanting to minimize their time at the dental office. Some patients ask if the CEREC Crown is as durable as a conventional crown, made in the dental lab. We’re happy to report that there is no difference in the durability of these crowns.
The “same day” CEREC Crown is made faster, due to the computer-aided technology. This makes it possible for our dentists to fabricate the crown quickly with a very high degree of accuracy. Typically, a high-grade ceramic material is used because it is preferred by most patients, especially when having a crown placed on a front tooth. So the process of making the crown does not impact its quality or duration. The restoration can be matched to the color of each patient’s natural teeth, so it looks beautiful and natural.
With twice a day brushing and daily flossing, teamed with semi-annual dental exams and cleanings at Adams Dental Group, these amazing restorations last for years and give our patients beautiful, durable smiles.
Are CEREC Crowns the only restorations made by CEREC?
Other restorative dental services can be treated with CEREC technology to rebuild teeth that are compromised by decay, oral injury, malformation, root canal therapy, infection or multiple fillings. Complete or partial crowns (inlays or onlays), as well as crown and bridge work can also be treated using the CEREC technology.
Dr. Babak Shahrokh guarantees excellent service by continuously learning new technology and staying up to date with the new advances in the field of dentistry.
Want to know more?
If you need restorative or cosmetic dental services to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of, contact San Marcos Dental Studio. Dr. Shahrokh will recommend the best treatment for you, based on his thorough evaluation. CEREC technology may be a perfect fit for you!