The Advantages of CEREC
Beautiful restorations that look and feel natural
CEREC® is a highly reliable, state-of-the-art process used to create tooth restorations such as crowns, veneers, onlays and overlays, and bridges in a single office visit.
Employing their considerable experience and skill sets, Drs. Parker and Pennington use CEREC software to carefully design your restoration to look beautiful and feel very natural.
Our own CEREC lab
We have equipped the second floor of our St. Marys facility with a CEREC lab where our Certified Dental Technician artistically mills and customizes your restorations. Having an in-house lab gives us the ability to personalize your restoration during a single visit.
High-quality CEREC restorations in just one visit
Traditionally, dental restorations such as crowns, bridges and onlays and inlays can take up to two weeks to be made by an outside lab.
The CEREC system features built-in scanning, designing and milling, which allows our doctors to create your beautiful new restoration during a single appointment.
Digital impressions = no unpleasant impression materials
With CEREC, we can scan your mouth digitally, eliminating the need for foul-tasting, messy impression materials. The scan provides us with a three-dimensional image to work with as we design your restoration.
We use revolutionary e.max to fabricate your restorations. This material mimics nature with its opalescence and transparency, much like the natural prisms in tooth enamel.
Each ceramic block is offered in a range of 17 different shades. We then carefully custom-tint and glaze your restoration to match your natural teeth precisely.
Comfortable, precise fit
The CEREC system features intuitive design software that customizes your crown for a precise fit.
Drs. Parker and Pennington work closely with our Certified Dental Technician to test the restoration in your mouth, making any needed adjustments to create a lifelike and comfortable fit.
Since CEREC restorations fit so precisely, they function like your natural tooth. And being durable allows your restorations to handle heavy chewing without cracking.
Proven to be strong and long-lasting
One of the many benefits of the CEREC system is that each restoration is milled from a single, solid block of porcelain, making it resistant to cracks and fissures. The traditional method of pressing and layering to create crowns lacks the strength and durability of the CEREC method.
Studies have shown the restorations fabricated with the CEREC system actually last longer than other materials used for creating fillings, onlays, overlays and crowns. The success rate of CEREC restorations are estimated to be 95.5 % during the first 9 years, and 84% after 18 years. The average lifespan of crowns fabricated without the CEREC milling process is between 5 and 15 years, depending on the amount of wear and tear the restoration is exposed to.
Less discomfort and fewer appointments
Since CEREC restorations only take a few minutes to be created, there is no need for a second appointment, or multiple injections of anesthesia and you won’t need to wear a temporary crown.
Faster recovery time with less tooth sensitivity
CEREC restorations can be used to restore a tooth that has undergone a procedure, such as Root Canal Therapy. Restoring a tooth immediately after a treatment provides protection, resulting in less irritation and prevention of further infection.
Fewer variations and minimized chances for errors
The CEREC’s computerized system is precise and efficient. A 3D digital image is sent to the automated milling machine, which cuts and shapes the restoration from a single block of ceramic porcelain with accurate computerized mechanisms.
Biocompatible, metal-free materials
CEREC restorations are made of ceramic porcelain that is compatible with your body. Unlike restorations that use metal, there is no mercury or ugly gray lines at the base of the tooth near the gum line.
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