Waiting for a crown or veneer to be fabricated at an off-site laboratory can lengthen the timeline of your restoration process. To minimize this wait, Dr. Jason L. Downey and his team of dental professionals use CEREC® technology at their Las Vegas, NV, dental practice. With this machine, patients can receive their dental restoration in a single appointment. Contact us today to achieve an attractive, healthy smile - in just a few hours.
How Does CEREC® Work?
A CEREC® machine is an in-office technology used to design and create ceramic dental restorations in a single appointment. Rather than send impressions to an off-site lab and wait several weeks, CEREC® technology allows Dr. Downey to create and place your restoration immediately.
All restorations created with CEREC® technology are made of ceramic. Ceramic’s translucent quality and range of colors allows Dr. Downey to create a restoration that closely resembles natural enamel.
With CEREC® technology, patients can quickly receive crowns, inlays or onlays, implant restorations, and veneers. While best suited to creating single tooth restorations, the machine can also construct bridges. Best of all, the CEREC® machine simplifies several aspects of the process.
Rather than taking impressions with the traditional, gooey plastic mold, Dr. Downey’s team can create a digital model of your teeth with a camera. With this model, the technician can create a customized restoration, that considers the opposing tooth and overall bite.
With the digital design, the on-site milling machine can create the restoration from a ceramic block in about 15 minutes. Once complete, the restoration may receive a final polish or glaze before it is permanently placed.
The Benefits of CEREC®
In addition to a quicker process, CEREC® offers a number of other benefits:
- No temporary crown: While waiting for a lab to complete their restoration, patients typically receive a temporary crown to protect their tooth in the meantime. However, too much pressure or use can sometimes make the restoration fall off or break, requiring an additional dental appointment.
- Customization: Although speeding up production often requires uniformity, CEREC® technology is designed to guarantee that each restoration is customized for each patient.
- Digital impressions: Many patients dislike the traditional method for taking impressions, which involves a plastic, gooey substance that must be held over the teeth for up to three minutes. CEREC®'s digital impressions eliminate this uncomfortable process entirely, resulting in a faster and more pleasant experience.
- Quality material: All restorations created with CEREC® technology are made of ceramic. While not as strong as metal alternatives, the material is very durable and can last up to a decade with proper care. Unlike metal, ceramic does not expand or contract in response to temperature changes, which can potentially undermine tooth strength. Ceramic’s translucent quality and range of colors allows Dr. Downey to create a restoration that closely resembles natural enamel. Additionally, the material is also biocompatible, reducing the possibility of allergic reaction.
Contact Us Today
Our team strives to provide comfortable, convenient, and excellent service to all patients. To learn more about restoring your teeth quickly and effectively with CEREC® technology, reach out to us today.