Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacture technologies CEREC is used to provide highly accurate design of items or materials to be constructed. In the dental world this advanced technology allows us to for the design and fabrication your dental restorations that resemble the look and feel of natural teeth. This type of new dental technology can be used for dental bridges, inlays/onlays, and crowns.
Single-visit Crowns, Onlays and Veneers with CEREC
CEREC is a revolutionary way to restore damaged teeth. Dr. Rader is pleased to offer our patients CEREC restoration services—a superior method of creating precisely-designed, color-matched and highly durable ceramic restorations right in our practice. From simple fillings, to full crowns to porcelain veneers, CEREC delivers the results you need and can often be offered in a single appointment.
How does CEREC work?
After examining the tooth and determining the course of treatment, Dr. Rader will coat a thin layer of reflective powder to the damaged prepared tooth surface. CEREC then uses a state-of-the-art digital 3D camera to create an optical impression. This digital image replaces the physical impression required in traditional procedures. No more long waits while a tray of impression goop hardens in your mouth. State-of-the-art CAD software allows Dr. Rader to design every precise detail of you restoration with the accuracy you’ve come to expect from use. The software allows us to customize the shape of the restoration to exactly fit the particular needs of the damaged tooth.
Once the restoration has been designed on the computer, technological magic happens! While you wait, exact design specifications are sent to our on-site milling machine to create your restoration. About 15 minutes later, your all-ceramic, color-matched restoration is ready for placement. Your new restoration is then fitted, polished and bonded for permanence. Your tooth is restored back to its natural form, function and beauty.
What advantages does CEREC technology have for you?
Single visit onlays and crowns. Since Dr. Rader is able to design and fabrication the restoration immediately rather than sending an impression to a laboratory, you do not need to wear a temporary and return for a second appointment.
Patient desired to have amalgams replaced on teeth #2 through #5 to improve buccal corridor alignment.
Prepared teeth are digitally scanned and designed on the computer.
A ceramic hybrid layered block is used to mill out computer design restoration.
Final restored teeth are ready to “perform and look like natural teeth”.
Metal-free dentistry. Health minded people are increasingly becoming concerned with metal in the mouth (particularly mercury). A CEREC tooth restoration isn’t just convenient, it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, Dr. Rader uses strong, tooth colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure. This means when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. So, your tooth does not crack, and you can go on enjoying your evening. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so Dr. Rader can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth. The CEREC enamel like material is biocompatible with the tissues in the mouth and provides a high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant finish.
Patient desire to have broke teeth repaired and remaining mercury fillings replaced to prevent the risk of further breaking more teeth.
In one visit with CAD/CAM dentistry, the mercury fillings were replaced and broken teeth restored with enamel hybrid ceramics.
Even with perfect teeth and alignment, a flawed gum line can detract significantly from the beauty of your smile:
- Excess gum tissue can make your teeth look too short
- Receding gums can make your teeth look too long and unhealthy
- An uneven gum line can make your teeth appear to be crooked
- Discolored gums can give an unhealthy look to your smile
We use the Ivoclar Diode Laser in gum re-contouring procedures, correcting all of the problems your gum line is causing. Laser gum re-contouring is safer, less painful, and requires less recover time than gum treatment with a scalpel.
The laser creates less bleeding, reduced chance of infection, is more precise, and produces less swelling.