Posts for tag: CEREC

By Carrie Polster, DMD
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC crowns offer an excellent alternative to traditional porcelain crowns. Your family dentist in Midland Park, NJ, Dr. Carrie Polster, dental crownsshares a few advantages that make the crowns a good choice for most people.

What are CEREC crowns?

Unlike porcelain crowns, CEREC crowns are actually made in our Midland Park office. We'll make a digital impression of your mouth and send it to our computer. In a matter of seconds, the impression will be transformed into a 3D image, thanks to CAD/CAM technology. The technology allows us to create a digital representation of your crown before sending it to our milling machine. The milling machine functions as a crown "printer" and shapes your crown by removing layers from a small block of resin or ceramic in an hour or less.

What advantages do CEREC crowns provide?

CEREC crowns offer a few benefits that make them a particularly attractive choice, including:

  • No Waiting for a Permanent Crown: Getting a crown used to require two dental appointments. The first appointment involved reducing the size of your tooth and making an impression of your mouth to be sent to a dental laboratory. About two weeks later, you returned to your family dentist in Midland Park and received your permanent crown. The CEREC process eliminates the need for the dental laboratory. At the end of your one and only visit, you'll leave with your brand new permanent crown.
  • Temporary Crowns Are Unnecessary: In the past, you wore a temporary crown while you waited for your second crown appointment. The crown protected your prepared tooth and also allowed you to chew normally, as long as you avoided tough or sticky foods. If you forgot and enjoyed a strip steak or took a bite of a caramel, your temporary crown could have loosened or broken. Thanks to the CEREC one-visit process, temporary crowns are no longer needed.
  • Uncomfortable Impressions Are a Thing of the Past: The CEREC system uses digital impressions, rather than putty-based impressions that can make you gag. The scanner passes over your mouth in seconds and produces a clear digital impression of your teeth.
  • Quick Do-Overs: Although your new crown will probably fit you perfectly, problems can occasionally occur with crowns, whether they're made from porcelain, ceramic or resin. If there is an issue, you won't have to wait another two weeks for a new crown. It can be produced in our office while you wait.

One-visit CEREC crowns offer the perfect solution for busy people. Call your family dentist in Midland Park, NJ, Dr. Polster, at (201) 444-5675 to schedule your appointment.

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!