Monday, March 28, 2016

CEREC Technology Enables One-Day Dental Restorations


Joshua Grooms, DDS, treats patients as an associate of ABC Family Dentistry in Greeneville, Tennessee. A skilled dental professional, Joshua Grooms, DDS, provides comprehensive care using the latest innovations in dentistry, including CEREC.

Standing for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, CEREC is a dental technology that employs computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to provide dental restorations, including inlays, onlays, and crowns, in one appointment. Before creating a restorative tooth, the dentist uses the handheld CEREC Omnicam or Bluecam to acquire an image of the area to be restored.

The image is then sent through advanced computer software that analyzes the image to calculate exact specifications for the restorative tooth. Once the specifications have been calculated, CEREC creates a digital model of the prepared tooth, which the dentist uses to create a restoration while the patient waits chairside.

CEREC’s CAM programming guides three grinding units to mill the restoration out of a solid block of ceramic material. The finished product is completed in minutes and provides a durable restoration that matches the patient's other teeth. As a final step, the dentist tests the tooth to ensure a proper fit and bite before polishing it and bonding it into place.

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