CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This high-tech system allows us to design, make, and place restorations—including crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers—in only ONE office visit. This not only means less time in the dental chair and more convenience for you, but it also means that uncomfortable impression trays full of messy goo in your mouth are a thing of the past! CEREC one-visit dentistry also eliminates the need for plastic temporaries in your mouth while laboratory work is completed (a process that can take weeks and a series of dental appointments).
CEREC makes it so you can get the dental treatment you need and then get right back to your busy life and the things that matter most. At Dental Solutions, we seek to add the available technologies and services to our practice that will make visiting the dentist easier and more comfortable for you.
After one of our doctors has examined your tooth and talked with you about the best course of treatment, your CEREC visit will be scheduled for a convenient time for you. At your appointment, we will prepare your tooth for restoration, saving as much healthy tooth structure as we can. Then, CEREC enables us to restore the tooth using a strong, biocompatible porcelain ceramic material that matches the color of your other healthy teeth. Using a special camera, we take several images of the tooth to be repaired. Working from those images, we use CEREC’s CAD/CAM software to digitally design a restoration that we are equipped to mill right in our office.
The computer aided milling process is extremely precise, ensuring a natural feeling fit when we bond the newly made restoration to the tooth. A block of the ceramic restorative material is inserted into our onsite CEREC milling unit and then machined to exact design specifications sent from the computer program. After only 15 minutes or so, your restoration will be ready to be placed. We polish it before bonding it to your tooth, so it will look and feel as good as your natural tooth, if not better!
The GALILEOS 3D x-ray imaging system is a very beneficial diagnostic tool to the one-visit crown process. It makes high-quality, 3D digital x-rays a reality for doctors and their patients. How? A digital x-ray scanner is mounted on a mechanical arm that rotates around a patient's head, projecting x-rays in a computer-controlled, cone-shaped beam. In a matter of seconds, all data images needed are collected after one complete pass of the scanner. The detailed images can then be called up on a computer screen in a variety of angles and views, including 2D, 3D, and panorama. This allows us to fully see the relationship between patients' teeth, bones, nerves, tissues, and airways like never before, making us exceptionally equipped for diagnostic and treatment planning decisions. We believe complete information is a vital component of comprehensive care!