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Are You Too Busy for Two Dental Visits?

Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC®, allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.

How does the instrument work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.

What does this innovation mean for a patient?

A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.

How can I find out if this is an option for me?

Call the office of Dr. Dennis Hatch at 208-643-9752 in Blackfoot, Idaho. We will be happy to answer your questions on this new technology.

 

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CEREC One-Visit Crowns in Blackfoot, Idaho

What is CEREC?

CEREC is a revolutionary system that enables your dentist to design, fabricate and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit, a procedure that would normally take at least two weeks if not more! CEREC computerized design unit (left) and milling unit (right).

How does CEREC technology work?

Dr. Hatch will prepare your tooth in the normal way he would before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point instead of using “dental putty” to take an impression of your tooth, a digital image is taken using a special camera. This image is then converted into 3D computerized model of your tooth which in used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once Dr. Hatch is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine which fabricates your new tooth from a high quality ceramic block. The milling process can take anywhere from as little as 6 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the exact technology and complexity of the tooth. The latest CEREC MCXL machine can mill a crown in as little as 6 minutes.

The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colors, and is selected to match your surrounding teeth. Once the crown or veneer has been milled the dentist may characterize it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth in color before polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your new restoration will then be cemented into place onto your prepared tooth.

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Dr. Dennis Hatch in Blackfoot, Idaho specializes in Cerec restorations can replace failing and unattractive mercury-based amalgam fillings with aesthetic and durable porcelain. In certain cases, the procedure can be conducted during a single office visit.

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