If you have ever gotten a dental crown or bridge in the past, you might remember a somewhat lengthy process that required you to make multiple trips to your dentist’s office. Many practitioners still use that method, and while it is effective, it lacks efficiency. Thankfully, we have invested in CEREC technology, which allow us to create beautiful, strong, and highly functional dental restorations right here in our office — all in a single appointment! Read on below to learn more about CEREC same-day restorations in Forest, VA.
CEREC is an acronym that stands for “chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.” That sounds like a mouthful, but the basic concept is pretty easy to understand. Basically, we have advanced dental scanning technology and an in-office ceramic milling unit. Together, they are able to help us design and fabricate dental crowns and bridges without coordinating with a dental laboratory. It takes just one appointment for us to provide you with a beautiful, functional, and permanent bridge or same-day crown in Forest.
Just like with traditional restorations, we start the CEREC process by preparing your tooth for a crown. This involves removing a bit of enamel so the tooth will fit well beneath its restoration. Next, rather than using goopy manual impressions, we scan your teeth to create a digital impression. Your dentist can then use that data to design your restoration.
Once the design is finalized, a machine uses a block of dental-grade ceramic to carve your restoration. After we verify that its fit, size, and color are all a perfect fit for your smile, we can permanently attach it to your tooth (or teeth, if you are getting a bridge).
Some benefits of CEREC technology include:
Would you like to learn more about CEREC technology? Get in touch with us today to ask questions or schedule an appointment.