CEREC Machine Used for Cosmetic Dentistry
While our office offers many complex services such as implants, sedation, orthodontics and treatment for sleep apnea/snoring), the one service that seems to impress our patients the most is that of single appointment crowns or veneers. This is accomplished with the use of the CEREC machine
CEREC is the technology that allows dentists to not only prepare a tooth for a crown, but also to actually make the crown and have the final restoration bonded to the prepared tooth all at the same appointment. In a more traditional practice, when a patient needs a crown because of a broken down tooth, the dentist would numb the patient with anesthetic and prepare the tooth with a drill. Then the dentist would a mould of the teeth, using an impression material that is somewhat gooey and takes about five minutes to harden. The dentist then makes a temporary crown for the patient to chew with for the next 2-3 weeks, while the impression is sent to the lab for fabrication. It is at the next appointment that the dentist cements in the final crown after numbing the patient again.
This process is time consuming and inefficient. But with the use of CEREC technology, Dr Waldman at Cosmetic Dentistry.net can install your crown in one visit. We will prepare the tooth, take a picture of the tooth with a small digital camera shaped like a thick wand, and while the patient waits, the Dr. Waldman will design and fabricate the final crown in as little as 20 minutes.
Even with such little time, the CEREC Machine produces flawless crowns. These crowns are made with accuracy measured in microns, in a “milling chamber” in 10 minutes. They are then polished to the highest shine that beats even those produced by my high-tech lab. These crown are beautiful. They look so much like natural teeth that our patients have a difficult time identifying which tooth we added the crown to.
One of my clients is a fellow dentist who travels a great distance to come to my office. The other day, we used the CEREC Machine to create his crown and couldn’t help marvelling at the beautiful result.