We are excited to announce Vacendak Dentistry is now offering one-day crowns using the newest available technology. You no longer need to have multiple visits for a crown – we can now create a digital scan of your tooth or teeth, which generates a CAD image that feed directly into our in-office ceramic process, resulting in a fully customized, fitted crown! This saves sending your information back and forth to a lab, and gives you a beautiful smile, with less delay!
The complete system is known as “Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic” or CEREC®. This video helps explain the process, and there is additional information below. If you are ready for a crown solution in one day, contact Vacendak Dentistry today to schedule an appointment: 757-609-3510.
What is CEREC®?
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® for short is a new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC® uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. With CEREC®, the technology is used while you are sitting in the dental chair, which is both economical for you and us. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one single visit to Vacendak Dentistry.
The CEREC® Process
CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?
Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, Dr. Sheila or Dr. Daniel will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, we will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth is created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, we are able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the CAD controlled milling device is able to create the restoration.
Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place. No temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money!
Advantages to Using CEREC®
CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits include:
- Most procedures can be done in one visit – less costly and less time-consuming
- Less painful injections due to single-visit
- No need to take messy impressions
- No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
- Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
- Longer lasting restorations – may last over 10 years
- Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
- Metal-free restorations
If you have questions about CEREC® technology or are ready to utilize this new technology, call us now at (757) 609-3510 or contact the office online.