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CEREC Restorations

A Modern Hi-Tech Alternative to
Traditional Crowns - Completed within One Visit

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Ceramic Restorations

Broken, stained, or cracked teeth can cause a number of functional problems, but many patients are also concerned with the aesthetics of their smile. In these cases, ceramic restorations, crowns or veneers may be the most suitable option.

Some patients may need their old amalgam or composite resin fillings to be replaced. Some patients may simply want a more natural-looking filling, and traditional white fillings are often more appropriate for small cavities. For other treatments, porcelain might be better-suited. In the past, these treatments could take long periods of time due to sending materials to and from a dental laboratory.

Fortunately, because of modern dental technology, you can receive these treatments quickly and with more durable materials than ever. If you’re worried about finding time in your schedule for multiple dental visits, CEREC restorations allow for certain types of treatment in one appointment!

Not sure if CEREC restorations are right for you? Contact Albany Dental on (07) 3264 9590 to book a consultation with one of our dentists.

You can also keep reading to find out more about CEREC technology, what your appointment might look like, and the benefits of CEREC.

What is CEREC?

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The CEREC machine is a computer that functions as a restorative dental tool, allowing your smile dentist in Albany Creek to restore decaying or broken teeth, fit you for dental crowns, or place dental veneers. We are proud to offer this innovative dental technology to patients, and enthusiastic about advantages this equipment will provide.

CEREC (Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) enables porcelain ceramic inlay material to be produced easily while you wait. A restoration can now be performed in one dental appointment! No longer are impressions and laboratory work required for dental restorations (a process which usually takes up to several weeks and a series of dental appointments). CEREC means the restoration is completed within one visit.

Utilising the latest state-of-the-art computer technology CEREC is one of the most advanced process available in Dentistry to date. CEREC restorations give teeth greater strength and stability and are natural in appearance. This equipment enables us to quickly repair your teeth; helping you to maintain your teeth for life.

What would a typical CEREC procedure look like for a patient?

  • First, at your appointment, the affected tooth is prepared for treatment.
  • An electronic 3D scan is taken of the area and is viewed on screen by both the patient and dentist.
  • The ceramic restoration is then designed in accordance with your tooth scan. Utilising the CEREC machine the ceramic restoration is created quickly and efficiently.
  • After polishing the restoration, it appears and feels like a natural tooth.
  • The restoration is then fitted into place!

What are some of the benefits of CEREC restorations?

  • It is engineered to be just like a tooth
  • It is biocompatible, long lasting and doesn’t stain
  • It protects and preserve remaining natural tooth structure from breaking
  • It looks and feels like a natural tooth

CEREC: Revolutionary in Concept and Practice

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<Dr Alison Dellar at Albany Dental>

There was a time not too long ago that if you needed to improve the appearance and function of your teeth, the available options were pretty limited. Basically, you had the option of braces if you needed to fix a crooked tooth or amalgam fillings for your cavities. That was before the era of exponential growth in dental technology that supplied the modern industry with new, smarter and more affordable means to restore health and beauty to one’s smile.

CEREC Dentistry is certainly one such milestone development. Not only does it give dentists a speedier and more effective option to carry out their restorative work, it simplifies the way in which once difficult dental procedures are being performed –with incredible precision and predictability.

As a singular innovation that improves the speed, efficiency and aesthetics of restorative dentistry, CEREC Dentistry already represents a huge advancement. The fact that it allows the restorative process to take place inside the dentist’s office makes it a game-changer.

Combining all the necessary steps – from digital impressions to computer-aided design and construction of the prosthesis to finally the milling process – the CEREC method harnesses the ability of dentists to create restorations within their own premises even as they are operating on their patients.

This gives the CEREC dentist power and flexibility to carry out his restorative work, and the patients more choices, speedier treatments and more affordable options. Let’s take a closer look at how the CEREC revolution is benefiting everyone.

Benefits of CEREC Restorations

Fewer trips to the dentist

For starters, patients no longer have to make multiple trips to the dentist just to get a crown done. With CEREC technology, dentists are able to produce ceramic restorations in just one appointment – often while the patient is still sitting in the dental chair.

To get a traditional crown, patients had to be fitted with a temporary crown while waiting – it typically takes a few days – for the permanent crown to be made by a dental technician at a laboratory. Now CEREC technology takes care of the entire process so that in just one sitting, you get a beautiful permanent crown made and fitted on the same day!

More comfortable patient experience

The other benefit of same-day crowns is that the patient does not require as many local anaesthetic shots. That makes the treatment a lot less invasive for patients, particularly those who are afraid of injections. The computer-aided CEREC process also uses digital impressions that are more comfortable for the patient than traditional impressions. It also helps that patients do not have to wear an uncomfortable temporary crown for two weeks.

Since there is minimum lag time between the prepared tooth and actual fitting of the permanent restoration, the prepared tooth is not exposed to bacteria in the interim. This greatly reduces the likelihood of infection as well as post-operative sensitivity. Again, it improves the patient’s all-round experience

Stronger restorations

Since milled ceramic results in a much stronger material as compared to hand-layered or pressed types, CEREC crowns are more robust and durable. The fact that the CEREC method chemically bonds the material to your tooth further increases the strength of the material.

Biocompatible material

CEREC materials better match the biological composition of your natural tooth structure. Not only does this make it a healthier option, there are practical implications. When you consume cold or hot beverages, for example, your ceramic restorations will expand and contract about the same way as your natural teeth, hence will not cause any irritation or discomfort.

Natural aesthetics

The use of homogenous porcelain helps your CEREC restoration blend in better with your natural teeth and results in a more life-like appearance. Not only is ceramic biocompatible, its aesthetic attributes – i.e. tooth-like colour match and translucent quality – make it a wonderful option for dental prostheses.

Minimum existing tooth structure required

CEREC’s advanced bonding technique requires minimal tooth structure from the patient to work successfully. Hence CEREC restorations are recommended for patients that previously would not be considered suitable candidates, due to their insufficient tooth mass to support the crown.

Less teeth grinding

The CEREC method uses a more conservative approach to the tooth preparation process. Unlike other methods that require extensive shaving down of your healthy tooth to accommodate the restoration, the minimally invasive CEREC technique allows patients to preserve more of their healthy tooth structure.

To learn more about how CEREC restorations can benefit you, call Albany Dental at (07) 3264 9590.

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