CEREC® same day digital dentistry enables Dr. Fryer to restore decayed teeth, remove old amalgam fillings, place new crowns or cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. What does this mean for you as a patient? With one appointment, you can have a restorative procedure started and completed, allowing you to quickly get back to all the other important things in your life.
How does it work?
1. Tooth Preparation
After the initial exam, the dentist decides on what the appropriate treatment is for the tooth in question. The dentist then cleans the tooth and prepares it for restoration, just as he/she would for other restorative procedures.
2. Tooth Imaging
After preparation, the dentist needs an image of the tooth. To get an impression without using CEREC®, a dentist will usually have the patient bite down into a tray filled with “goop” and hold the tray until the substance hardens. But with CEREC®, this process is simplified and non-goopy. The dentist simply uses a small camera approximately the size of a pen, to take a digital image of the tooth. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes.
3. The New Tooth
After the image is taken, the CEREC® machine turns the image into a virtual model of the replacement tooth. This information is then sent to a separate milling machine that creates the tooth. Within 20-30 minutes, the all-ceramic and tooth-colored replacement is finished and ready to be placed.
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