Now offering single visit crowns by CEREC Crowns
What is CEREC?
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic—CEREC for short—is a state-of-the-art method for creating tooth restorations. CEREC uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations, such as crowns and veneers, for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product.
One visit: saves time, no metal, all ceramic.
Partial dentures are perfect for patients who are missing multiple teeth, yet still retain many healthy teeth. A partial is removable and fits much like a retainer with prosthetic teeth attached. Partials anchor to your healthy teeth with metal clasps, and your customized prosthetic teeth fill in the blank spaces like puzzle pieces.
Full dentures are also removable and designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth with natural-looking prosthetic teeth. Dentures are customized to fit you, and they utilize suction or a dental adhesive to stay in place.
While there is a learning curve in the beginning when you’re getting used to talking and eating, you’ll appreciate how dentures immediately restore your smile and the appearance of your face.
James W. Rehm DMD LLC
How does it work?
Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, Dr. Rehm will determine if CEREC is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, you may need a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, Dr. Rehm will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
In order to make the desired restoration, a three-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material to make you gag. The computer and CEREC 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
A milling machine is used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, Dr. Rehm is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and, in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.
Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.