If you’ve ever received a dental crown, bridge, or other advanced restoration, you will likely remember that this process took at least two trips to the office to complete and the entire procedure might have taken a week or longer. At Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group, we are dedicated to incorporating the latest dentistry techniques and technologies to provide our patients with the fastest, most effective treatment options. One-visit dental restorations using the CEREC system is one of the technologically advanced dentistry services we provide. If you want to learn more about CEREC, restorative dentistry, or any of the other treatments we provide, call to schedule an appointment in our state-of-the-art Ellicott City dentistry office today.
CEREC stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. That definition is a mouthful, but it simply means that we can use computer assisted design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) technology to design, craft, and place a crown, bridge, or other restoration in just one appointment with our team. Traditional dental restorations require us to partner with a trusted dental lab team who will craft your restoration. CEREC allows us to complete this part of the process in our Ellicott City dental office.
The CEREC system uses digital technology to allow our team to design, craft, and place a restoration in a single trip to the office. We begin by preparing your tooth or teeth for restoration. Then, we use a digital impression tool to scan your tooth. These impressions are transferred on our chairside computer. We use the CEREC design tools to create your custom restoration. The design is sent to our in-office milling unit where high quality dental-grade porcelain is shaped into a picture-perfect dental restoration. Finally, we cement your restoration into place, and you leave our office with a flawless smile.
From the time you arrive in our dental office, the preparation of your damaged tooth, design of the restoration, milling of the crown, and placement will only take one to three hours. While you do have to spend a longer amount of time in our office, you won’t need to worry about a second office visit or spending one or more weeks with a temporary restoration.
Once your CEREC dental crown is in place, you need to brush teeth at least two minutes at a time twice a day and floss daily as usual. You should also visit our office at least two times each year. Our team may also recommend that you make changes to the oral hygiene products you use to avoid excessive wear to the ceramic restoration. This may include changing to a softer toothbrush, using a less abrasive toothpaste, or switching to a waxed floss to avoid tugging around your restoration that could cause it to come loose. During your regular dental exams, we’ll check your restoration for warning signs of damage or wear. With proper care at-home and in our office, your CEREC one-visit restoration will stay in place for a decade or longer.