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What is CEREC?

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is a procedure that involves taking scans of your teeth and using those scans to construct a ceramic prosthetic crown, inlay, or onlay restoration. Once these steps are complete, the prosthetic will be placed. Your dentist may suggest a CEREC procedure if the crown of a tooth becomes damaged, unless the damage has occurred below the gum line. If this is the case, your dentist will discuss other treatment options with you.

At Brook West Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the care and support they need. If you are scheduled to have this procedure and have any questions, please contact our staff to see if CEREC crowns are right for you. We are proud to provide one-of-a-kind personalized care that is tailored to your unique needs.

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The CEREC Procedure

Having a CEREC crown placed usually only takes a few dental appointments. The first visit will consist of your dentist performing a routine examination of your teeth to determine whether or not a crown is needed. If it is determined that a CEREC crown is the proper restoration, your dentist will begin the process by taking a chairside scan, which will then be used for the construction of the ceramic prosthetic. Once the crown has been made, the CEREC crown or restoration will be placed over your natural tooth. By doing so, you will be able to begin biting and chewing naturally.

One of the best parts about having a CEREC crown is that the materials used to address the problem area look natural. Your dentist will make sure that the final prosthetic matches the natural shade of your teeth, which means there is a good chance that no one will be able to tell the procedure occurred.

Benefits of CEREC

While many tooth restoration procedures require that there be an impression made of the patient’s tooth, these procedures can often be somewhat uncomfortable and can also take several attempts to perfect. With the CEREC procedure, you will have the benefit of impression free scans that take a 3d impression of your teeth, but do not require that you bite down on anything. This makes the entire process much more comfortable, and also results in a more detailed scan.

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The Acquisition and Milling Units

The CEREC process includes the Acquisition Unit and the Milling Unit.

The Acquisition Unit is a mobile device used for taking CEREC scans. This scan identifies decayed areas and broken portions of teeth that require restorations. Within merely a few minutes, this unit will compile comprehensive data that is then gathered and designed to develop the needed replacement. Once this model is finished, it will be sent to the Milling unit, where it will be constructed.

The Milling Unit is used to create the replacement part for your tooth. As soon as your dentist has matched the appropriate shade, the milling machine begins carving the design. When the design is finished, it will be polished and then bonded to your teeth.

Candidates for CEREC

If your tooth has been damaged, or if you are feeling any pressure or pain, please set up an appointment with your dentist. It is important that you do not make the mistake of waiting until your next regularly scheduled appointment, because waiting too long increases the risk of infection in the tooth spreading, or damage to the tooth worsening. If your tooth is not damaged to the point where it needs to be replaced, your dentist may suggest a dental crown.

Proper Maintenence

You will not have to dramatically change any of your dietary or eating habits following a CEREC Crown procedure. It is also important to remember that the CEREC crown only covers part of your tooth, and that you still have the natural root. For this reason, it is important that you continue practicing good hygienic practices, and brush and floss the replacement tooth at least twice daily.

Remember: the better you take care of your teeth, the better your teeth will take care of you!

Associated CEREC Costs

As is the case with most dental procedures, what and how much of your procedure will be covered will ultimately be determined by your specific insurance plan. Still, many insurance plans do cover CEREC crowns procedures, although they may not cover the entire cost of the CEREC crowns. If you are not currently covered by an insurance plan, or if you have any questions about payment options, please contact our staff, who will be happy to discuss your options with you.

High Quality Care You Can Trust

At Brook West Family Dentistry, we are committed to building positive, long-standing relationships with our patients. The way we achieve this is by using state of the art technologies, compassionate and carefully planned services, high-quality work, and personalized care that always places the needs of the individual client first. If you would like to meet our team, take a tour of our facilities, or discuss your procedure with our knowledgeable staff, please let us know.

Having a CEREC crown procedure can make a remarkable difference in the lives of those with damaged teeth. Scheduling your appointment for CEREC crowns is your first step towards a confident, healthy smile. To begin your journey towards the perfect smile, please contact us to set up an appointment for CEREC crowns at (763) 561-2273.

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