Dentistry has developed significantly over the last couple of decades, making dental procedures more convenient and easy, allowing the patients to get the treatment completed in a very short time span. CEREC - Chairside Economical Restoration using Esthetic Ceramic is one such development and is the modern-day method of fabricating dental restorations like crowns, veneers, bridges, and other ceramic restorations.
What does CEREC involve?
Traditionally, when you visit your dentist to get a crown done, the dentist would ask you to bite into a gooey mass to take an impression of the tooth and use this mold as a reference for fabricating the crown in a dental laboratory using ceramic material. The major disadvantage of this process is that this would usually take a couple of weeks, and meanwhile, the patient will have to use a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth surface.
However, with CEREC, all these procedures can be completed very quickly. The dentist will use a digital hand-held scanning tool to scan and create a highly accurate digital impression of the teeth. The images rendered by the scans will be projected on a computer screen, which can be analyzed from multiple angles and is sent to a computer-aided milling machine, which precisely carves out the restoration from a block of dental-grade ceramic. The crown would offer a perfect fit and aesthetics.
Advantages of CEREC
- It can be fabricated in a single visit to the dentist’s practice, thus eliminating the waiting period.
- It eliminates the need for temporary restoration when the permanent one is being fabricated.
- The accuracy of the crown’s fit and contour will be excellent.
- Unlike traditional methods, digital scanning eliminates the need to bite into a gooey mass to make a mold of the teeth.
- CEREC can be used to fabricate various types of dental restorations, such as crowns, veneers, bridges, etc.