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A Patient Describes Her Recent Visit To Our Office

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Single Visit Crowns In The Spotlight

My office has been using a technology for the past few years that allows us to make crowns in a single visit. This technology has allowed us to eliminate the need for taking traditional impressions, as well as the need to wear a temporary crown for a couple of weeks. This technology is called CEREC and has been around for almost 25 years. First made popular in Europe, CEREC has made its way to the United States and has become increasingly popular in the last decade. It works by scanning the treated tooth and its neighboring teeth into a computer. A software program, which is essentially CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture) for teeth, is then used to design your new tooth. The computer then sends the design to a machine which cuts the tooth out of a solid block of ceramic material. The fabrication process takes about 15 minutes, but is a whole lot less than the two weeks in takes for a conventional crown to be made in a laboratory. Although this CEREC technology can not be used in all situations, it is applicable to many clinical situations. The following link is to an excerpt from the television show “The Doctors” in which they discuss and demonstrate CEREC technology.

So the next time you need a tooth fixed, ask if CEREC technology is an option.

Have you had an experience with any cutting edge health care technology like CEREC? What did you think?