CEREC® One-Visit Dentistry
in Melbourne FL
What Is CEREC?
Dentistry has truly entered the 21st century with CEREC. Also known as One Visit Dentistry, CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The CEREC system is a Computer-Aided Design – Computer Assisted Manufacturing system, CAD-CAM, specifically designed to manufacture accurate dental restorations of the highest quality. CEREC allows dentists to take images without the need for impressions and placement without the need for temporary replacements.
What are CEREC crowns and restorations made of?
All of our CEREC crowns, veneers, and inlays/Onlays are made from dental-grade porcelain, also known as dental ceramic. Our CEREC milling station at Implant Dentistry of Florida starts each milling session with a block of dental porcelain and then mills the restoration to the precise design created in the system’s CAD/CAM software.
Who is a candidate for CEREC?
Many patients are good candidates for CEREC same-day dental crowns. If you need an existing crown or filling replaced, this may be an ideal option for you. If you have chipped or cracked a tooth and do not require more extensive treatment, such as a root canal, the CEREC protocol may meet your preference for single-visit tooth repair.
In addition to eliminating the need for temporary restorations or impressions, CEREC offers a range of advantages, from outstanding quality to being cost-effective. The benefits include the following:
- Bio-compatible ceramics
- Durable and long-lasting
- Outstanding quality
- Preservation of the tooth structural integrity
- Single appointment procedure
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Are CEREC crowns good for molars?
CEREC crowns at our Melbourne practice are every bit as strong and durable as porcelain crowns created in a dental lab. The only difference is that we mill them in-house with our CEREC system.
Crowns in general are excellent for placement on molars. This is because molars must be strong due to the chewing forces they endure. When a molar is compromised by a deep crack, heavy decay, or other serious problem it no longer has the strength necessary to withstand the forces when chewing. The tooth will now be likely to break. A crown placed over the tooth returns strength to the tooth while keeping the underlying natural tooth from needing extraction. It’s always a better option, if possible, to keep the natural tooth in place.
Dental Restorations From CEREC
Many dental restorations typically require one or more visits, depending on the procedure. With the CEREC system, our staff can complete dental restorations in just one visit. For fillings, we remove the decay and old filling material. Then, the individual ceramic is fitted exactly. With crowns, patients do not require temporary crowns, impressions, and or a second injection.
Veneers can restore malpositioned and discolored teeth. While adjusting your tooth, we will bond a thin layer of CEREC manufactured porcelain securely to your tooth.
Dental Restoration Before & After Images
The CEREC System
Step 1 – First, Dr. Brown will examine your tooth and determine the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, inlay/onlay, or full crown. This will depend on how much healthy tooth structure remains.
After your exam, we prepare your tooth for restoration, removing tooth tissue that has decay or weakened. This preparation is just like we would do for many other restorative techniques.
Step 2 –Then, we take an optical impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression “goop” that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, we coat your tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder.
After, a camera takes a digital picture of your tooth. The whole optical impression process only takes a minute or two.
Step 3 – Next, the CEREC computer helps us create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3-D software takes the digital picture using a handheld scanner. The pictures convert into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. We then use our dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC computer program.
Within a few minutes, the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. We then place a high-quality ceramic block that matches your tooth shade in the milling machine.
Step 4 – About 10 – 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is complete and ready to bond to your tooth. Finally, we try the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. Dr. Brown will polish and bond the restoration to the tooth. Your tooth is restored with no “temporary” or return trip necessary.
Will my CEREC crown look natural and fit in with my other teeth?
After your CEREC crown is placed over your prepared natural tooth, it will fit in perfectly with your other natural teeth. This is because Dr. Brown uses the CEREC design software to perfectly match the color of your crown to the color of your adjacent teeth. We may opt to whiten your teeth first to bring them back to your natural color and remove any obvious staining. The color is then matched, and the crown is designed to the exact shape and dimensions of a natural tooth in that position in your mouth. You won’t be able to tell which tooth is crowned; you’ll only know that your crowned tooth is now flawless and strong.
How long does it take to get a CEREC crown or Inlay/Onlay?
One of the great things about our CEREC system is the time it saves our patients from Melbourne and the surrounding areas. At most dentists, a crown involves at least two appointments. Plus, the patient needs to wear a temporary crown while waiting for the dental lab to fabricate his or her crown.
At Implant Dentistry of Florida, getting your crown takes just a single appointment. Dr. Brown first determines if a full crown is a right restoration or if an inlay or onlay would be sufficient. Then the tooth is prepared, by removing any decay and shaving down all sides and the top (for a crown). Digital impressions are taken in just a minute or two. The CEREC software then uses these images to create a three-dimensional image of your tooth. Using this 3D model, Dr. Brown designs your crown. The design data is then sent to the CEREC milling station, where a solid block of dental porcelain is milled to the precise specifications of the crown design. It’s finished in 10-20 minutes and is ready to be placed on your tooth.
The actual taking of digital impressions, design of your crown, and milling take less than an hour for most patients.
Caring For CEREC
After the appointment patients can return to their regular activities. CEREC restorations do not require any special care. However, proper oral hygiene will increase the longevity of the restored tooth. Patients may experience temporary sensitivity. This should subside but we recommend staying away from extreme temperatures for a short time.
How long will my CEREC crown last?
The longevity of your CEREC crown is the same as a crown fabricated at a dental lab, anywhere from 10-20 years. The lifespan of your crown is dependent upon your home oral hygiene and keeping your twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams with Dr. Brown and our team. That’s because, while your crown is impervious to decay, the underlying natural tooth is not. If you brush twice daily for two minutes and floss once, particularly under the bottom of the crown to remove any lingering food particles, you can expect your CEREC crown to last for decades.
Can a CEREC Crown be repaired?
Crowns mimic natural teeth. They are made of a material that is similar to tooth enamel, so are susceptible to fractures, just as natural teeth are. Some of the common reasons a crown may break include the age of restoration and grinding or clenching. A crown typically lasts from five to fifteen years. Over time, the material can wear down, increasing the chances of breakage. A crown may also be damaged by the excessive force that is exerted when a person clenches or grinds their teeth. If you know that you do one or the other, or both, talk to your dentist about ways to mitigate the damage they may cause.
Are there any risks involved with receiving a CEREC crown?
These are very low-risk procedures. Dr. Brown doesn’t make any incisions, so there isn’t any risk of infection. The crown or inlay/onlay is simply cemented onto your natural tooth.
The real risk would be to not have your damaged or decayed tooth restored. Deep cracks or heavy decay, if left untreated, will eventually mean your tooth will need to be extracted. Plus, these problems will often degrade further into gum disease.
Schedule A Consultation
Dr. Brown has been approved by Sirona and Patterson Dental as an instructor for CEREC CAD/CAM training. He regularly teaches other dentists this technique and is a national speaker for Sirona on CEREC Connect. If you would like to learn more about the CEREC system, please call (321) 372-7700 to schedule a consultation at Implant Dentistry of Florida in Melbourne, FL.