CEREC Crowns IN MARYVILLE & FOR KNOXVILLE & ALCOA TN

The CEREC Procedure

Let’s face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that — “fill” a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years. CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it’s done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth-colored in a single appointment!

What is CEREC? CEREC is an acronym…

  • Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
  • Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
  • Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
  • Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
  • Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.

CEREC Benefits

How does CEREC compare to other restorative materials?

  CEREC AMALGAM COMPOSITE PORCELAIN FUSED TO METAL LAB-FABRICATED CERAMIC
SINGLE VISIT YES YES YES NO NO
NO IMPRESSION MATERIALS YES YES YES NO NO
NO TEMPORARY YES YES YES NO NO
METAL FREE YES NO YES NO YES
LOOKS & FEELS LIKE REAL TEETH YES NO NO MAYBE MAYBE
ESTHETIC YES NO YES MAYBE YES
SAVES NATURAL TOOTH STRUCTURE YES NO NO NO MAYBE
RESTORES TO ORIGINAL STRENGTH YES NO NO MAYBE MAYBE
PERMANENT SOLUTION YES MAYBE NO YES YES

Exam and Preparation for CEREC

First, Dr. Lindahl assesses the tooth and determines the necessary treatment, such as a filling or crown. An anesthetic is administered, and the tooth is prepared by removing decayed tissue, similar to standard restorative procedures.

Optical Impression: Your dentist takes an Optical Impression of the tooth, using a digital camera instead of traditional impression materials. This quick process involves coating the tooth with powder and taking a digital picture.

No Temporaries: Using CEREC technology, Dr. Lindahl designs the restoration on a computer screen using 3D software. The design is then sent to a milling machine in the office, which crafts the restoration from a ceramic block matching your tooth shade. After about 10-20 minutes, the restoration is ready to be bonded in place without the need for temporary fittings or return visits.

CEREC Acquisition Unit: This mobile unit includes a computer and camera, used to take digital images of the tooth instead of traditional impressions. The images are converted into a 3D model, allowing Dr. Lindahl to design the restoration on-screen.

CEREC Milling Unit: A ceramic block matching the tooth shade is selected and placed into the milling unit. The data from the Acquisition Unit guides diamond-coated burs to carve the block into the desired shape of the restoration. After milling, the restoration is polished and bonded into place.

CEREC® technology streamlines the restorative process, providing efficient and precise dental care in a single appointment.