In modern dentistry, CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing) technology has changed how dental restorations are designed and created. This is especially true with CEREC same-day crowns. CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) same-day crowns are a treatment offered by Dr. Mukesh Patel and the team at Ontario Dental Center in Ontario, California, which combines innovation and efficiency to redefine the dental experience.
CAD/CAM technology used for CEREC crowns involves a detailed process that begins with taking digital images of your mouth and tooth structure. Using an intraoral scanner, your dentist can capture highly detailed, three-dimensional images of your affected tooth. This eliminates the need for messy and gag-inducing traditional impressions. This digital data serves as the foundation for the design phase of the CEREC crown.
During the CAD (design) phase, your dentist will use specialized software to generate a precise and customized digital model of your upcoming CEREC crown. This digital model is incredibly accurate and allows for real-time adjustments to ensure an optimal fit and look. As the patient, you can even witness this design process, fostering a sense of collaboration and transparency in your treatment.
Transitioning to the CAM (manufacturing) phase is seamless. The digital design is sent to an on-site milling machine, where a block of high-quality ceramic material is sculpted into the final restoration. What makes this process truly remarkable is its chairside nature, allowing for your CEREC crown to be fabricated and placed in a single dental visit.
The advantages of CAD/CAM technology in CEREC crowns are numerous. First, the accuracy and precision achieved with digital impressions result in crowns that fit snugly, eliminating discomfort and the need for inconvenient adjustments. Additionally, eliminating traditional impression materials reduces patient anxiety and contributes to a more comfortable dental experience.
Also, the fast chairside production of CEREC crowns means you can forget about ever needing to make it in for multiple appointments or wear a temporary crown. CEREC allows time to be saved and eliminates many inconveniences associated with traditional crowns.
CAD/CAM technology is the catalyst that makes CEREC same-day crowns possible. The combination of digital precision, chairside efficiency, and convenience makes CEREC an excellent example of how technology continues to benefit and elevate dental care.