CEREC Technology | Colorado Springs
Dr. Gary Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental in Colorado Springs want to do everything we can to make life easier for our patients, and that’s why we use the latest dental technology available.
CEREC, for example, helps patients to have damaged teeth restored quickly, in just one visit!
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for “chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.”
What is CEREC used for?
If you have a damaged tooth or a tooth with a lot of discoloration or a lot of decay, Dr. Moore might suggest a restoration such as a crown, dental veneer, an inlay, or an onlay.
- Crowns are like “caps” that fit over damaged teeth, such as teeth that are seriously decayed or cracked. They are also used for teeth that are severely worn down or discolored. A crown can save a tooth from having to be pulled.
- Veneers are thin shells that are bonded directly to the surface of the tooth. They are used for teeth that are extremely stained or discolored, have minor chips, are short and stubby, are irregularly shaped, or that have gaps or are crooked.
- Onlays and inlays are used for teeth that are too damaged to support a filling, but not damaged enough that a crown is needed.
It used to be that to make these restorations, the patient would have to bite down on a tray of cold, icky-tasting goop until it hardened. This would create an impression of the patient’s bite, which would be used to make a mold. This mold would be sent to a lab, where the restoration would be made. The patient would then return to the dentist’s office to have the restoration placed. This process was not only uncomfortable, but it would take a week or more.
However, with CEREC technology, all of this wasted time (and the taste of the disgusting impression goop) is avoided!
What is the process for a restoration made with CEREC?
Dr. Moore will first want to give you a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth, to see what kind of restoration would be best for you.
If the patient and Dr. Moore agree on a restoration that can be made with CEREC, Dr. Moore will start by coating the tooth that needs the restoration with a tasteless powder. Then, he will use a camera to take a digital picture of the tooth. The camera photographs the tooth that will get the restoration, the teeth around it, and the patient’s bite (to ensure that the restoration won’t be made in such a way that interferes with the patient biting down).
This part of the process only takes about one minute.
This digital picture is sent to a milling machine, which will use the picture to create the restoration from a porcelain block. Crafting the restoration only takes 15 to 20 minutes, and when it is ready Dr. Moore can place the restoration on the tooth.
What are the other benefits of CEREC?
Besides how quickly the patient can get their restoration (and the fact that they don’t have to sit there with impression goop in their mouth), there are other benefits to restorations made with CEREC.
CEREC technology uses porcelain to make restorations. Porcelain is strong and durable and can help restore damaged teeth back to their natural function and strength.
Metal amalgam used to be the material of choice for some restorations. However, having this type of restoration often meant patients would suffer with teeth that were sensitive to heat and cold. However, with porcelain restorations, the potential for sensitivity is avoided.
Patients also love porcelain restorations because they are tooth colored, and look very natural. It can be hard for friends and family to even tell that you have a porcelain restoration!
CEREC can help you have a beautiful and natural looking smile in minutes instead of weeks!
How much will a CEREC restoration cost?
The cost of a CEREC restoration will vary, depending on many things, such as the condition of the tooth that needs the restoration. If the tooth is badly damaged by decay, Dr. Moore will have to remove the decayed tooth material first. If a crown is needed, the tooth will have to be reshaped so the crown will fit properly.
The staff at Stetson Hills Dental would be happy to discuss cost with you.
Will insurance cover my CEREC restoration?
Most dental insurance plans will provide some coverage for tooth restorations. The staff at Stetson Hills Dental in Colorado Springs can help you to determine how much your insurance will pay for you to get a CEREC restoration.
If you need a crown, an inlay or onlay, or a veneer, why wait? Call Dr. Moore and Stetson Hills Dental today, and get your restoration in one appointment! Call (719) 694-0400.