There are several types of dental reconstructive methods that a dentist can employ in order to restore or rebuild a person’s winning smile, from dentures to dental implants and CEREC ceramic restorations.
CEREC ceramic restorations, such as CEREC dental crowns, are growing in popularity as an alternative to other treatments, not least of all because they can be performed in a single day; whereas other treatments may require several visits to a dentist in order to conclude the treatment.
CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction and makes use of computer-aided design and manufacture (CADCAM) to create and produce a high quality dental restoration in just one visit to a dentist. Normally through traditional dental impressions and lab work, a similar process would take two weeks or more, so the benefits of CEREC are clear for those who require fast results.
For CEREC treatment, a dentist will normally prepare the tooth to be restored in the same way he or she would if they were fitting a dental crown or porcelain veneer. Once done, rather than taking an impression using dental putty, the dentist will employ a special camera to take a digital image, which is then translated into a computerized 3D model of the tooth. This 3D image is used to design the new dental restoration and once complete, the 3D image is sent to an on-site milling machine that will create the new tooth from a high quality ceramic material.
The creation process takes around 15 minutes, but depending on the complexity of the restoration, may take slightly longer. Once complete, the new tooth can be deployed by bonding the restoration over the patient’s existing tooth; thus restoring the person’s smile. The ceramic material used by the milling machine can be matched to the patient’s existing tooth shade, ensuring a close and natural looking match.
In addition to being a fast solution to dental reconstruction, CEREC protects and preserves the tooth’s structure and can be a good alternative in locations where the tooth has been structurally compromised, perhaps due to the existing presence of fillings. CEREC can also provide support and strength to surrounding teeth and restore bite strength.
For more information and to schedule a consultation in the Long Island area, contact East Hills Dental Associates at 516-484-6600 today.