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What is CEREC?

Posted in Crowns

You may have seen signs indicating that your dentist is a CEREC provider, and wondered what it stood for.  CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chairside, Economical, Restorations, Esthetic, Ceramic.  If you need to have a crown placed, or have a filling repaired or removed, CEREC may be the right option for you.

CEREC is ideal if you need a crown and do not want to have a temporary placement and want to be on your way.  CEREC technology allows for the complete procedure from imaging to finish to be completed in one trip while you are in the chair (this is where the CHAIRSIDE comes from).

CEREC has the advantage of also being economical for you.  Because there are no return visits to the dentist, you do not miss a second or third day of work, and you only have one office visit.  By completing the restoration in one visit, your tooth is restored to a natural tooth color and strength in one quick visit.  Function of the tooth is restored as soon as the procedure is completed.

Because the crown is ceramic, matching the tooth color is easy.  No more metal crowns!  The material used is of high quality ceramic, that meets esthetic standards.  Tooth color is matched closely, and the strong ceramic materials are very close in strength and composition of your natural tooth.  This makes the fit more comfortable and pleasing to you.

If you are in need of a crown or filling replacement, and want to do it all in one visit, ask your dentist if CEREC is right for you.


Crown Placement Part 2

Posted in Crowns

Our first article talked about ways to make sure you had a pleasant experience if you were having a crown placed. This article will discuss what the dentist does when they begin the process of dental crown placement.

After the dental assistant has performed the necessary prep work, the dentist will repair any damage that may exist in the original tooth. This may involve a filling, some drilling to even the surface, or a root canal.  This repair is entirely dependent upon the amount of tooth damage you have, and what is required.  You may have a plastic dam placed in your mouth to help keep the area clean and dry, and the assistant will frequently suction your mouth and blow air on the tooth to help keep it dry.

If you become anxious or feel any pain during this time, simply tell your dentist and he or she will stop the procedure and correct whatever the problem is.  You are asked to keep your mouth open for a long period of time, but if your jaw or mouth becomes tired, just ask the dentist for a small break to rest your mouth.

After the repair work is done, the dentist or assistant will take another mold of the tooth, and place a temporary crown on your tooth.  Your new crown will be made from the impressions made in your mouth, and the dentist will place it on the tooth with a cement like substance at your follow-up appointment.

Having a crown placed may seem overwhelming, but it is a simple process that will help keep your mouth and tooth healthy.


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