It’s quite a challenge to have perfect teeth, free of fillings and some degree of tooth decay, but thanks to the orthodontic technology known as CEREC, we can enjoy healthier, happier smiles.
Traditional fillings are used by dentists to close a cavity hole that has been emptied in order to remove the decaying parts of a tooth. Most of these fillings are made of a metallic material that can weaken the tooth or require replacement a few years down the road. While they are meant to be permanent, the truth is that over one billion metal fillings will need to be replaced within the next 10 years.
CEREC is more than just a superficial fix. CEREC procedures can restore teeth to their natural strength using ceramic materials and are made to match the color of your pearly whites. And it can all happen in a single appointment.
CEREC stands for: Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. This means that the procedure is done in a dentist’s office just like most other tooth-filling procedures. CEREC is relatively economical for both the patient and dentist, and the high-quality ceramics are used to closely resemble the composition of your natural teeth. If this sounds pretty great, it’s because it is!
Check out how CEREC works and how to be a candidate for the procedure.
At Little Heroes Pediatric Dentistry we take pride in keeping up with the latest and best in dental and orthodontic technology available. We go beyond basic dental services so that our patients can enjoy healthy, bright smiles in their fight against the Sugarbugs, and our San Juan office is more than capable of handling your needs.
What You Can Expect During a CEREC Procedure
When it comes to caring for teeth, every person requires individualized care. Your dentist will determine the best approach in dealing with your cavities. There are a few options available depending on the level of decay and how much of your tooth remains healthy. You may require inlays, onlays, crowns, or veneers as determined by your dentist. Just like most other restorative techniques, with CEREC, your dentist will administer a localized anesthetic to prepare the tooth for restoration. Any decayed areas of the tooth are removed.
Your dentist will then take an optical impression of the damaged tooth. With CEREC, a non-toxic powder is used to coat the individual tooth that is being examined. A digital image is taken of the tooth to begin the molding process. This portion of the procedure takes just a couple of minutes. CEREC technology then uses this initial image to make a 3D virtual model on a computer. This 3D virtual model is then uploaded to a milling machine that molds a ceramic block that matches the shade of your teeth. This process takes about 10-20 minutes. By the end, a unique ceramic part is ready to be bonded and polished into place. The placement of a CEREC filling is permanent and is completed in a single visit.
How to Know if You Qualify for CEREC Restoration
Candidates for CEREC may have cracked teeth, old fillings, or restorations that are falling out. Additionally, individuals who need inlays, onlays, or new crowns may benefit from this procedure as well. Even individuals who have extensive damage to their teeth can reap the benefits of this amazing technology offered by Little Heroes Pediatric Dentistry. Because metal fillings can be unsightly and cause damage in the long-term, persons interested in replacing them with the more compatible ceramic options are also candidates.
More and more dentists are turning to CEREC as a means of quickly providing more biocompatible dental fillings, crowns, or bridges. The procedure is safe and offers better-fitting fillings for any candidate.