It used to be that you would have to wait weeks before your dental restorations were complete. While they were prepared in a lab, you wore the temporary restoration your dentist put on your teeth. However, at Modern Dentistry Associates in St. Joseph, Michigan, cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Erickson uses CEREC.
CEREC, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, allows Dr. Erickson to create your restoration while you are in the office. Your restoration can be completed in one visit.
CEREC has three parts to it that help in the creation of high-quality restorations:
CEREC’s parts work together to ensure your restoration functions and feels like your natural tooth, even on a microscopic level.
Dr. Erickson will prepare your tooth in a normal way before it is fitted with a restoration. Rather than using putty or plaster to make an impression of your tooth, a digital picture is taken with the CEREC camera. Using the CAD/CAM technology of CEREC, the picture is converted into a 3-D virtual model of the tooth that is to be prepared. When the exact shape and size of your restoration has been decided on, CEREC’s milling unit begins fabricating the tooth. The color and shade of the restoration will be matched to your other teeth, so that no one will be able to tell that you have undergone a cosmetic dental procedure. Once the milling process is completed, the restoration is polished and the restoration will be bonded by Dr. Erickson.
The end result is that you will have a aesthetically pleasing, functional, and long-lasting restoration. This is placed in a fraction of the time with CEREC technology than it used to be.
If you would like to learn more about how CEREC can benefit you, or about cosmetic dental restorations in general, please contact experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Sven Erickson at Modern Dentistry Associates.