By Carrie Polster, DMD
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   CEREC   restorative dentistry  

Dental restorations can help you retain your smile’s natural appearance while repairing and replacing damaged, compromised, or crownsmissing teeth. However, porcelain restorations often mean long wait times, multiple dental visits and, often, even laboratory fees. Luckily, there is a way around all of these annoying problems with CEREC with the help of your family dentist. Learn all about CEREC and what it can do for you with Dr. Carrie Polster in Midland Park, NJ.

What is CEREC? 
CEREC is a new and high-tech way of creating porcelain dental restorations like bridges, crowns, onlays, inlays and veneers. Traditionally, a restoration would require the help of a physical impression of the mouth to provide a basis for their design and a dental laboratory to create the actual restoration. The laboratory required several weeks for the creation of the restoration, tacking on long wait times and an extra dental visit to boot.

CEREC eliminates these steps and requires only that the patient has an extra hour or so to spare while they wait for their restoration to be created right in their dentist’s office. Patients no longer need to worry about taking an extra day off of work or wearing a temporary restoration in the meantime.

How does CEREC work? 
CEREC’s machine uses a special wand to take CAD/CAM digital impressions of your mouth, then sends them to your dentist’s computer. Your dentist then uses specialized software to design the restoration. The finished design is then sent to the CEREC machine where it carves the final restoration from a block of ceramic. Your dentist will then use color-matching techniques to match the restoration to your natural teeth before permanently placing it.

CEREC Dental Restorations in Midland Park, NJ 
If your dentist recommends that you undergo a procedure to place a porcelain dental restoration, you are a candidate for CEREC restorations. However, dentists need a healthy tooth on which to place the restoration, meaning you should be in good dental health with a strong at-home oral care routine to keep your restoration healthy.

For more information on CEREC, please contact Dr. Polster in Midland Park, NJ. Call (201) 444-5675 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Polster today!