For years many of us have had to lean back in a dentist’s chair and endure that gooey mold sliding down the back of our throats for them to get an accurate imprint of our mouth and teeth; it tastes foul, feels gross, and can make you feel slightly nauseous. But at Kooringal Dental, your local dentist in Wagga Wagga, that is all in the past. As new CEREC technology has taken over, now imprints of the mouth have become completely digital.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. It allows for a 3D scan to be taken of your mouth with Computer-Aided Design (CAD). With the help of Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), now crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers, fixed bridges and dentures can be manufactured at a dentist in Wagga Wagga while you wait. Instead of sending off a mold to a lab to produce what the dentist needs to adjust your smile, they can do it themselves, which saves you a trip back to the chair.
How it works
To cover a chipped, broken, overly filled, or an otherwise unsightly tooth, for example, a crown needs to be placed onto these imperfections. According to the Journal of Dentistry and Oral Care, once the dentist has prepared the tooth he or she will use a simple and sterile imaging instrument which will be placed in your mouth – think of a toothbrush without the bristles or a harmless torch – and a quick digital imprint is taken of the newly prepared tooth.
Once the painless scan has gathered the data needed, the information is then processed by a machine that then carves out the correct shape and size crown while you wait. Once the crown is made, and it has been polished by your dentist, it’s then bonded to your tooth, sending you home with a new smile.
Time – This technology saves you time, with scanning and creation completed in one visit instead of you having to arrange multiple appointments. You will have more time to get to the more important things in your life rather than having to keep going back to your dentist in Wagga Wagga.
Comfort – You are also spared the discomfort of having a physical impression done on your teeth, which is not only gross but a waste of product when compared to the lack of waste from the digital scanning.
Long-lasting – The International Journal of Computerised Dentistry states that 87.5% of crowns manufactured with this technology last a lifetime. So the chances are high that you’ll be investing in it once then forget about it and continue with your regular oral care.
Amalgam free – Unlike traditional fillings, this process uses no mercury and can, in fact, replace these older fillings with a more sustainable and risk-free product, giving you the assurance that you are out of harm’s way when it comes to mercury poisoning.
CEREC is the digital solution that offers better results of original oral scans than traditional molds ever did without pain, discomfort, or worry.
Disclaimer: All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.