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CEREC – Restore Your Damaged Tooth
If you have a damaged tooth, you might be a good candidate for a CEREC restoration. CEREC, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, can provide same-day dental restorations. In the past, dental restorations had to be fabricated in a lab. This technology allows restorations to be fabricated inside of the dental office. Get some facts about the CEREC procedure.
The CEREC procedure
Dentists can create veneers, crowns, inlays and onlays with CEREC. Veneers are used to fix cosmetic issues, while crowns repair severely damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays are indirect fillings. These fillings are used when a standard filling will not provide the necessary support, but the damage is not severe enough to require a crown.
The CEREC process
Dentists take digital impressions of the teeth and create a model using CAD/CAM software. The software includes a shade chart dentists use to select the appropriate color for the restoration. A milling machine then creates the restoration. This takes about 15 minutes. Once the restoration is created, it is placed in the mouth. Most restorations take two hours or less to complete.
Many people are surprised that CEREC restorations look and feel natural. The ceramic matches the natural teeth, and the three-dimensional model and milling machine ensure accuracy. The restorations match the rest of the teeth’s natural contours. It is difficult to pick out a tooth that has a CEREC restoration on it.
Patients often think that since CEREC restorations are made in a single visit, they must not be as sturdy as restorations fabricated in a dental lab. However, these restorations are made from strong ceramic. The restorations typically last as long as restorations made in a dental lab. These restorations often last for 10 years or longer.
Candidates for same-day dental restorations
CEREC restorations can be used in a variety of circumstances. As a general rule, patients are good candidates as long as ceramic can be used for the restoration. Ceramic is typically used for the front teeth due to the esthetics. It can also be used in the back teeth in most cases. However, people who have a history of bruxism or break lots of teeth might not be candidates for same-day restorations on the back teeth. The dentist might recommend metal since it is stronger.
Making restorations last
Restorations might not be permanent, but patients can make them last longer by taking care of them. Patients who suffer from bruxism should get a customized mouthguard to wear at night. Patients need to brush the teeth and restoration daily, paying special attention to the margins around the restorations. The restorations also need to be flossed daily.
Do you want a same-day restoration?
Your time is precious, so consider a same-day tooth restoration. Your dentist can provide you with CEREC crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays. The process is fast and provides natural-looking and durable restorations. You can get these restorations on your front or back teeth as long as you do not put too much pressure on your teeth. Once your restoration is in place, take care of it, so it lasts for the long term.
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