3-D PRINTING MIGHT SEEM like the newest technological innovation, but it has actually been around since the 1980s, when Chuck Hull printed a cup meant for washing out irritated eyes. His process is still the one we use today to print all kinds of things, including dental crowns!
The traditional procedure for making crowns is to fill trays with a putty-like substance. This goes in the patient’s mouth to make an impression, which then goes to a lab where they use it to make the crowns or implants. This process requires you, the patient, to come back for a second visit. Luckily, Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics® (CEREC) streamlines that process, making it easier for dentists and patients alike!
Benefits To Using CEREC In Our Practice
Traditional crowns can take up to three visits and the use of a temporary to fully restore your tooth. With CEREC technology this can be done in a single visit while you are in the chair! CEREC’s precision 3D technology allows us to create a customized crown that fits your teeth perfectly and is completely biocompatible with your own tooth structure. Using our in-office CEREC laboratory, we can create crowns, veneers, onlays and inlays in only one visit.
How The Process Works
We take a 3-dimensional photo of your tooth and custom-craft a perfectly molded restoration, using computer-assisted design. Within 2 hours, we bond your final restorations in place.
CEREC restorations are milled from a single block of high-quality ceramic, a substance that is particularly compatible with the body and that has the same characteristics as normal, healthy dental enamel.
Take a look at a CEREC machine shaping a crown in slow motion:
Staying On the Cutting Edge
We are always making sure we keep up with the latest CEREC technology. We love it and want you to love it too! If you have any further questions regarding CEREC 3-D printing, feel free to give us a visit and we’ll answer any question we can!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.