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CEREC®

Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren't aware that technlogy also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC, allows dentists CEREC Machineto quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic restorations, saving patients time and inconvenience.

What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. Translated it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of your other teeth.

How does the instrument work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology incorporating a camera, computer, and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.

What does this innovation mean for a patient?

The patient will have a tooth-colored restoration that is natural looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take messy impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe, and effective.

How can I find out if this is an option for me?

Call New Lenox Dental Group at 815-485-2345. We will be happy to answer your questions regarding this new technology.


 

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