Learn About the Cutting-Edge Technology and Unmatched Convenience of CEREC!
When you have a tooth that has significant decay or has become broken, your natural instinct is that you want it fixed … and fast! When a tooth has decayed to the point where significant portions are removed, or a root canal has become necessary, a dental crown is a likely treatment. While traditional dental crowns provide the strength and reinforcement that a weakened or compromised tooth requires, it is not exactly a quick treatment option. This has all changed thanks to an evolution in dental technology called CEREC digital dentistry. Patients seeking CEREC treatment options in the Montrose, California area know that they can visit Dr. Carlos Garcia and the team at Bright Smiles Dental Studio. Dr. Garcia is committed to providing his patients with superior dental care that is safe, effective, and convenient!
What is CEREC?
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEREC, is a recent revelation in dental technology which has given dentists the ability to construct certain tooth restorations in-office. Previously, certain tooth restorations, including crowns, inlays, and onlays, all needed to be made off-site in a laboratory. With CEREC technology, digital impressions are taken from the dentist’s chair (no sticky, nasty putty necessary) and then sent to a Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) machine, where the restoration is crafted from a block of dental ceramic. These restorations made in-office provide the same strength and durability as those made at a remote lab. The biggest difference is the convenience it offers dental patients. There is no need for multiple appointments, temporary crowns, etc.!
How Can CEREC Help You?
The main advantage and reason that so many dental patients seek dentists who offer CEREC restorations is the convenience this dental technology offers. If you are in a situation where you need a dental crown, inlay, or onlay quickly, CEREC makes this possible. What used to take multiple appointments can now be achieved in a single visit.
Traditionally, these restorations would require two visits. Physical impressions would need to be taken using a putty-like substance during the first visit. This can be uncomfortable to some. These impressions are sent to an off-site lab, where your restoration is created. In the meantime, temporary restorations would be put into place. You would then return for a second appointment weeks later to receive your restoration.
With CEREC, this entire process takes place within a single visit. There is no need to go weeks with a temporary fix and take time out of your busy schedule for multiple appointments. Digital impressions replace physical molds, and the restoration is created right there at your dentist’s office that same day.
The Benefits of CEREC
The CEREC technology offers other benefits besides convenience. It offers a highly precise way for dentists to generate digital impressions. Using a specialized tool that takes images of the inside of your mouth and sends them to an on-site computer, your dentist will create an incredibly precise three-dimensional impression of your mouth that can be used to create your CEREC restoration.
The durability of a CEREC restoration is another benefit. Just because it is crafted within a single appointment does not mean the quality or durability of the restoration is compromised. A CEREC crown can last several years if properly cared for as long as you maintain good oral health by following a proper at-home oral hygiene regimen and seeing your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Get More Info on CEREC
The days of needing multiple appointments over several weeks to get a dental crown or other restorations are a thing of the past, thanks to the technology CEREC. If you are in the Montrose, California area and seeking a solution that offers unmatched convenience without compromising the strength and durability you expect from a crown, inlay, or onlay, you should ask Dr. Carlos Garcia, and the team at Bright Smiles Dental Studio about CEREC. Please call (818) 290-8788 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia.