The way that dentists restore teeth today differs a great deal from how the process has been performed in previous decades. For any treatment to be valuable, it must achieve more than previous techniques. An example of increased value is same-day restoration with CEREC.
What is CEREC
The CEREC process has been praised for expediting the process tooth restoration. Essentially, the use of an in-house milling center cuts out the middle-man, or the dental laboratory. Rather than waiting several days for final restorations, patients complete treatment in a single visit. While convenience is certainly a benefit that patients appreciate, there is much more to the CEREC process than this.
- Dentists prefer to perform conservative care which preserves natural tooth structure, and this is possible with CEREC. Unlike amalgam fillings, CEREC inlays and onlays are bonded to the tooth. This means that the only reduction that is necessary is that which removes decay.
- Longevity is a primary factor in assessing the value of dental work. The CEREC process was first used in the 1980s. Since that time, the long-term success rate of these restorations has remained extremely high. Many of the original restorations were reportedly still in excellent condition after 20 years.
- Tooth-colored restorations have a clear advantage over those that affect the aesthetic value of the smile. Ceramic inlays, onlays, and crowns are shaded to match surrounding enamel, essentially making all evidence of tooth damage disappear.
Peters Dental Associates offers the care you need to enjoy lasting results from restorative and cosmetic dentistry. When your smile needs a little help, consider the long-term impact of the restorations you choose. Ask us about CEREC during your next visit!