What is the CEREC System?

The CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) multi-instrument system allows dentists to create and place custom-fit ceramic restorations during a single patient visit.

How long does the CEREC procedure take?

The complete CEREC procedure takes place during one appointment, and lasts only about 30 minutes. The dentist prepares the affected tooth and designs the restoration using on-site CEREC technology. The new tooth or crown in created in less than 20 minutes, and is polished and placed into the patient's mouth.

Why is a CEREC restoration better than conventional types of restorations?

Restorations using the CEREC system require only one dental visit, as opposed to the several visits other restoration procedures require. Because a laboratory is not used to create the tooth, the CEREC system allows the dentist to have complete control over the process from start to finish. The system also eliminates the need for a patient to wear a temporary crown, which may not fit precisely or even fall off.

How should a CEREC restoration be taken care of?

CEREC restorations do not require any kind of special care. The patient should, however, practice proper oral hygiene. This will increase the longevity of the restored tooth, and contribute to overall dental health.

How does a CEREC restoration respond to extreme temperatures?

CEREC restorations are made of high-quality ceramic that is able to withstand extreme temperatures. If the restored tooth still has a nerve in it, the patient may experience increased sensitivity immediately following the procedure. This sensitivity will often decrease over time.

Is a CEREC crown better than a gold crown?

Because they are made entirely of ceramic, CEREC crowns look much more natural than those made from gold. Although not as strong as gold crowns and more likely to chip, ceramic crowns are still very durable because only high-grade ceramic is used. Depending on whether appearance or durability is more important in a particular situation, the dentist will help make the decision about which type of crown to use.

What can be eaten after a CEREC restoration?

Although increased sensitivity may be a problem for some patients, it is likely temporary. Patients may be more comfortable staying away from hot or cold food or drinks immediately after the procedure, but normal sensitivity should soon return. Following a CEREC procedure, no change in diet is required.

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