CEREC® Dentist Santa Cruz, CA
Technology has brought advances across many industries, and dental care is one of them. One of the newest breakthroughs is CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) technology. This cutting-edge system creates ceramic tooth restorations on a same-day basis. Patients must no longer wait for their crowns or veneers to come back from the lab as this state-of-the-art process crafts them in the office.
CEREC is available at iSmileSpa in Santa Cruz and the surrounding area. Schedule a consultation with our team and learn more about this system and whether it is the right choice for you. Contact our office at (831) 440-3730 to make an appointment today.
Understanding How CEREC Works
CEREC is also known as Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction. It uses Computer Assisted Design and Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), which has been used in manufacturing for several decades to create precision parts, tools, and even vehicles. Since its introduction to the dental field over two decades ago, this system has become a quick and precise means of producing ceramic veneers, crowns, bridges, and more.
The International Congress of Oral Implantologists explains that CAD/CAM technology helps CEREC dentists give patients top-quality, durable, and natural-appearing dental restorations. CAD/CAM technology aids in dental restoration design and production and allows dentists to create solutions that are not possible otherwise.
“Since its introduction to the dental field over two decades ago, this system has become a quick and precise means of producing ceramic veneers, crowns, bridges, and more.”
Benefits of CEREC Technology
CEREC technology rivals the lost-wax casting method, which uses wax to make a second mold for the dental restoration piece. The American Dental Association details how the dental CAD/CAM systems use scanners to take measurements and collect all details of the teeth and gums quickly and precisely. Automating production using this data helps simplify what is otherwise a lengthy laboratory process.
The CEREC system makes the restoration process faster, easier, and less expensive. CEREC restoration benefits include the following:
- Better fit: CAD/CAM systems produce high-quality restorations. The process eliminates errors as the system relies on the precise digital data that it collects. When compared to CEREC, the laboratory process is more prone to having subjective or human errors.
- Better product: The manufacturing process results in a one-unit restoration piece rather than separate pieces. This single-unit process is especially beneficial for bridges and other multi-piece appliances. It also adds to the durability and strength of the finished piece.
- Faster process: CEREC software allows dentists to see three-dimensional images created from oral scans. Based on this information, the dentist uses the system to design the restoration piece with the necessary bite adjustments. The CAM unit then creates the appliance using the finalized design.
“CEREC technology rivals the lost-wax casting method, which uses wax to make a second mold for the dental restoration piece.”
CEREC Is the Healthier Option for Dental Health
A CEREC restoration is not only the quicker, more convenient option; it is also the healthier option. This technology allows dentists to use more of the natural tooth than before. Other methods use amalgam to fix tooth damage, but CEREC uses ceramic to save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible.
The CEREC restoration is chemically bonded to teeth to restore its natural beauty and strength. The restoration positioning is non-invasive to the gums and results in a faster healing time. The use of additional dental tissue helps to aid in overall tooth and gum maintenance.
“A CEREC restoration is not only the quicker, more convenient option; it is also the healthier option.”
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Expected Processing Time for CEREC
After removing any tooth decay, intraoral scanners collect measurements for the CAD/CAM system. The restoration design may take anywhere from a few minutes for a simple piece to thirty minutes for a bridge.
Once complete, the cosmetic dentist will fit the piece into the patient's mouth and examine it for fit and proper function. It is then glazed and fired before a second fitting with the patient, where the restoration is cemented into place and polished. The entire process takes about two hours, with the patient waiting 30 to 45 minutes in total between fittings and finalization.
“The restoration design may take anywhere from a few minutes for a simple piece to thirty minutes for a bridge.”
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What To Expect After Receiving CEREC Care
In order to ensure tooth restorations fit well and function properly, regular care and maintenance are required. Patients should avoid chewy, sticky, and hard foods for up to two days after receiving a CEREC restoration to allow the cement to harden. Teeth may feel sensitive for as many as two weeks afterward, but pain medication may ease this discomfort.
Regular, twice-daily brushing and flossing is the best way to ensure the longevity of any restoration, as well as existing teeth. Crowns and other dental restorations can last for several years with proper care and bi-annual checkups. We recommend patients inform their providers as soon as they notice any changes or concerns with their restoration, no matter how small.
“Regular, twice-daily brushing and flossing is the best way to ensure the longevity of any restoration, as well as existing teeth.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is a temporary crown necessary?
A. Temporary crowns are put in place while waiting for the dental lab to produce the final crown. CEREC technology allows dentists to skip this waiting period and create the crown in the office. Patients can often leave with a crown after one visit.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. The patient may have a local anesthetic applied to the treatment area to minimize discomfort. There is also minimal tissue disruption when the cosmetic dentist cements the dental restoration into place. Patients may experience minor sensitivity for a few days.
Q. How should I care for my CEREC restoration?
A. Patients may resume regular brushing and flossing. Avoid biting on hard objects like pens or nutshells that can damage the crown. Like regular teeth, your CEREC restoration can sustain damage or fracture from such actions.
Q. Is the material comparable to that used in labs?
A. Yes, CEREC restorations are made of high-quality ceramics. Dental restorations created in dental labs incorporate the same grade of ceramics, as well as metal. The CAD/CAM system used in CEREC restorations uses ceramics to create a single-block restoration.
Q. Can people tell that I have a restoration?
A. CEREC restorations are entirely ceramic, without any metal underlay to darken the translucence. During the process, the dental restoration will match the tooth color to the restoration. The result is a tooth that is indistinguishable from others.
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
- Dental Caries
- Dental caries are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
- Dental Filling
- A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
- Dental Sealants
- Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
- Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
Call Us Today
iSmileSpa in Santa Cruz now offers CEREC technology to help patients receive quick and accurate dental restorations. To find out if this same-day restoration is right for you, call us at (831) 440-3730.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Clinical Terms. 2023
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