Why Choose Dental Oasis for CEREC Technology?
Whether you need dental bridges, veneers, or any other restoration dentistry, CEREC helps us give you fast, precise, long-lasting, and beautiful results!
Do you have missing, cracked, decayed, or chipped teeth? If you want to get crowns put on your teeth quickly and efficiently, then Brian Toorani, DDS, and his team at the Dental Oasis of Orange County are ready to help. You may be wondering how same-day crowns are even possible, and the answer is ?CEREC technology.?
What is CEREC Technology?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics; sometimes it stands for Ceramic REConstruction. It is the most used computer-aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM) device around the globe for ceramic restorations in dental offices. The technology was first developed in the 80s by Dr. Marco Brandestini and Professor Werner H. Mormann in Zurich.
Although you may be looking to get same-day crowns, CEREC can be used to also create veneers, onlays, and inlays in one visit. Patients are often happy to avoid temporary appliances and to have metal-free restorations instead! The technology can be applied to orthodontia and implantology as well. And since 2009, the CEREC device has been improved upon–now it uses short-wave blue light technology to make the restoration cuts more precise.
Benefits of CEREC
- CEREC machines can cut and burr lots of different materials
- They can use ceramic, so the restorations are much more biocompatible than materials like gold or amalgam
- The machine’s algorithms can shape prosthetics with pinpoint precision
- The software is easy to use, so dentists don?t have to struggle with it
- The prosthetics are very aesthetically pleasing since they can be cut to look just like your natural teeth
- They have a high success rate between 85% and 95%. In fact, a study from Operative Dentistry showed that CEREC restorations had survival rates that were comparable to gold-cast restorations
- They create durable prosthetics so you know you aren’t throwing away money
- They allow you to take digital impressions, which are obviously more comfortable than algenate
- Since the machines work quickly, you can save money by only coming for one appointment
If you aren’t convinced by the benefits, the NCBI shared a study that confirmed some of them. For example, CEREC was mostly able to create durable restorations within one visit. The study also showed that using CEREC minimized not only the procedure?s expenses but the discomfort a patient may feel on average. The main drawback of the study was the length of adhesive prep and impressions.
Another clear drawback is the limitations of technology compared to the expertise of a ceramist. Although the machinery can make a precise fit, dental technicians have years of experience creating prosthetics that sit comfortably in each patient?s mouth. However, this technology is continually improving and evolving.
One journal abstract says that this technology isn?t going anywhere. As long as dentists have a good working knowledge of adhesive bonding and plan the procedure well, CEREC technology can be incredibly helpful.
Who Can Get CEREC Restoration?
Almost anyone can get restorations with CEREC if they are in good health. Again, CEREC can be used not only for same-day crowns, but for inlays, onlays, bridges, and the like. But if you have a serious health condition, such as recovering from a recent stroke, you?ll most likely need to wait.
And if you need to be put under for a specific restoration, and you know that you don?t do well with anesthesia, you may need to consider alternative options.
Lastly, if your tooth can be restored with a less-invasive method, your dentist most likely won?t recommend CEREC. For instance, if you only need a filling, there?s no good reason to shave your tooth to prepare for a same-day crown.
How Does CEREC Technology Work?
- You will be numbed and your tooth may be shaved down so that the crown can fit over it.
- The dentist will take a gliding camera to create a digital scan of your teeth
- This scan is inputted into CEREC machine, where a 3-D model is created.
- From the 3-D scan, the software will create a model of needed restoration shape
- Your dentist will then use the CAD software to refine the restoration shape
- Once the model is ready, the dentist will insert a ceramic block into the CEREC machine?s milling unit. And since hand-made prostheses can be made out of a combination of materials, it?s difficult to sometimes get a uniform look–but CEREC cut restorations are made from one block, so they are uniform in their color.
- The milling machine will use diamond-head cutters to precisely cut the block in as little as 5 to 15 minutes
- The restoration is removed from the CEREC machine and fitted in the patient?s mouth
- If the restoration is a good fit, then the dentist will bond it to prepared tooth
What Kind of Ceramics Are Used
Silicate ceramics (glass and felspar) are considered to be the most ideal materials for crowns, as well as veneers, onlays, and inlays for your teeth in the front. These materials don?t have terribly great flexibility, but they are translucent–like natural-looking teeth–and they are durable. If you need restorations for your premolars and molars, then oxide ceramic is often used. Oxide ceramics are also good for bridge frameworks.
Contact Dental Oasis Today to Book an Appointment!
Of course, you can talk more with Dr. Brian Toorani about what kinds of materials and what kinds of procedures would best suit your needs. If you aren?t a big fan of lengthy procedures and desperately need to restore functionality of your teeth, then looking into CEREC technology is worth it. Not every dentist can operate CEREC technology–you have to be certified. So if you have any more questions about this restorative option, be sure to contact a dental professional at the Dental Oasis of Orange County. Call (714) 894-7700 or visit Dental Oasis of Orange County today! You can also request an appointment online.
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Dr. Toorani is working on closing my open bite and alleviating some of my jaw pain so that I can avoid jaw surgery.
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?The Dental Oasis is focused on raising the bar of excellence with patient experience. Essentially by providing great customer service and exceeding expectations. Ultimately, it?s all about our patients and it is what we love to do. My passion is dentistry. My love is for my patients. This is why I come to the office every day. Our modern, tranquil, peaceful, and spa-like environment will make you forget that you are at the dentist?s office. We utilize all the latest technology in dentistry and offer many amenities that will make your visit a unique and relaxing one. Whether you need a teeth cleaning, crown, or dental implants, we are here to serve you. At The Dental Oasis you are family.? ? Dr. Brian Toorani