If you require additional strength and protection for your tooth, CEREC® same-day restorations at our Eureka practice can be designed, manufactured, and placed without the need for multiple appointments! CEREC® technology allows our cosmetic dentists to create custom porcelain restorations, such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns, in a single office visit. CEREC® chairside milling eliminates many of the inconveniences required with lab-made restorations, including temporary crowns, messy tooth impressions, and recurring office visits. This innovative dental technology can produce restorations that are ideal for individuals seeking fast, quality dental work with the minimal number of dental appointments possible.
To learn more about CEREC® one-day restorations, or to schedule an appointment at Eureka Smiles, please contact our office today.
What are CEREC® Crowns and Restorations?
CEREC® restorations are designed to function in the same manner as traditional dental crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays, except the restoration is fabricated in-office at Eureka Smiles rather than at an outside dental laboratory. The innovative CEREC® system allows Dr. Eric Klumb and Dr. Mike Menolascino to treat a damaged tooth and create custom, porcelain restorations during the span of one visit to our office. Beautiful and stain-resistant dental bridges, crowns, inlays, and onlays are all crafted out of high-quality materials for immediate placement, leaving no need to wear temporary restorations, create traditional moldings, wait on a dental lab, or schedule another appointment to place the permanent restoration.
CEREC® vs. Lab-Made Restorations
Traditionally, dental crowns and restorations are produced at an outside dental lab from molds of your teeth and smile. The manufacturing process takes approximately one week to complete, during which time a temporary restoration is worn until your custom-designed appliance is fabricated. With CEREC®, patients are saved the time and expense of waiting for a lab-made restoration while generally receiving the same quality of results.
When placed by an experienced dentist, there are virtually no cons associated with CEREC® restorations. They can offer all the strength of lab-made restorations without many of the traditional inconveniences. CEREC® restorations can also be created using a variety of all-ceramic materials, which can differ slightly in strength, color, and translucence. These variations offer patients many different options regarding specific applications and placements for their restoration, allowing results to look as close as possible to natural enamel.
Benefits of CEREC® Same-Day Restorations
In addition to the time-saving benefits of CEREC® one-day restorations, this innovative technology has a number of additional advantages, including:
- Digital tooth impressions (no uncomfortable putties)
- 3D imaging for maximized accuracy and customization
- All-ceramic, metal-free restoration materials
- Made from stain-resistant porcelain
- Requires less removal of the healthy tooth structure
- No need for temporary restorations
- Fully customizable treatment with natural-looking results
CEREC® one-day restorations can simplify the procedure for porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and bridges, offering our patients a more convenient way of improving their smiles without sacrificing the quality of the final outcome. The natural-looking, beautiful results of this restoration method can be viewed in the CEREC® Veneers section of our smile gallery.
CEREC® Same-Day Restorations Procedure
To create an accurate 3D image of your teeth, our dentists can use CEREC® Omnicam technology to take a digital impression without the use of messy, bulky molding techniques. Once this 3D image is created, Dr. Klumb and Dr. Menolascino can design your custom restoration and use a chairside computer screen to clearly communicate what you can expect to see once your procedure is complete. The restorations are then milled in an in-office machine out of high-density porcelain blocks. Afterward, your custom restorations can be secured to your teeth for a comfortable, precise fit and long-lasting, natural-looking results. With CEREC®, the waiting period that is customary when an outside laboratory creates the restoration is eliminated because the restoration is produced right here during your appointment!
How Long Do CEREC® Restorations Last?
A CEREC® crown or restoration can have a very long shelf-life and typically lasts as long as (or longer than) lab-made materials. The longevity of your restoration often depends on your oral hygiene habits and how often you visit the dentist. With daily maintenance and routine dental appointments, CEREC® crowns and bridges have the potential to last decades. However, oral health concerns such as bacteria buildup, gum disease, and tooth infections can cause your restoration to fail as well as threaten the health of your surrounding teeth.
Reducing the potential for premature “wear and tear” is also essential to maximizing the lifespan of your restorations. This may require wearing a nightguard if you clench or grind your teeth while asleep, or wearing a mouthguard when playing sports or other high-contact activities.
How Much Do CEREC® Restorations Cost?
The cost of a CEREC® restoration depends on factors such as the location of the affected tooth, the amount of tooth preparation necessary, and other details specific to your treatment plan. Fortunately, the CEREC® system saves patients the additional expense of enlisting a dental lab to manufacture the restoration(s), often resulting in a more affordable cost estimate. Our team will be able to provide you with a personalized quote after your free consultation with our cosmetic dentist.
Eureka Smiles accepts dental financing through CareCredit® for those who wish to break up their costs into a series of more manageable payments. Once approved, CareCredit® offers a number of flexible payment plans to help ensure you find the best arrangement for your unique budget. This can make it possible for qualified patients to pay in smaller installments while still receiving treatment for their restoration right away. For more information, please call our practice to speak to a friendly member of our office.
For more information about CEREC® one-day restorations, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists, please contact us today.