Why Ceramic and what is Ceramic?
At Mayberry Dental, when we speak of “ceramic dentistry”, we also mention the name “CEREC” in the same breath. Our ceramic restorations, made with CEREC®, are the dental industry’s closest attempt so far to duplicating natural tooth enamel. And one of their greatest benefits is that they don’t wear out prematurely – and they don’t cause the opposing teeth to wear out prematurely either. The finished CEREC ceramics are bonded directly onto the tooth, so more of your own healthy tooth is saved.
Mayberry Dental is proud to offer the CEREC machine to aid in its ceramic dentistry. The CEREC machine uses computer technology and specially designed 3-D software. By using the CEREC, the end result is the creation of the most beautiful and natural looking custom made restorations possible.
And the greatest benefit to you is that CEREC restorations can be made – from start to finish – in a single dental appointment!
What is CEREC?
CEREC® is a brand name for CEramic REConstruction. CEREC is the best method of preventive dentistry for adults who already have extensive mercury fillings and children who already have decay in permanent teeth. It is the best preventive treatment because it allows restoration of your teeth with the strongest, longest lasting tooth-colored material available, with the least amount of your own tooth structure having to be removed. Your tooth is literally reconstructed with ceramic.
CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology to create restorations and crowns on the same day as your visit – you won’t need to wait 2 weeks for your permanent crown!
How do they look?
Ceramic restorations made with CEREC are tooth colored and blend in so well with your own natural teeth that no one will be able to tell that the tooth has been restored.
How are CEREC restorations made?
First, the dentist removes any old filling(s) and existing decay. The tooth is then scanned using an infra red scanner, and the exact dimensions are fed directly into the CEREC computer. A three dimensional picture of your tooth appears immediately on the computer monitor and you can watch the CEREC screen as your dentist manipulates the 3D software. By using CEREC’s CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology, the missing part of the tooth is designed to fit back in place, like the piece of a jigsaw puzzle. The result is a digitally customized and exact replacement for your tooth.
Next, CEREC sends all the specific information to a robotic milling machine for processing. A ceramic block that matches the exact shading of your own natural tooth color is selected and placed in the milling unit, where a precise diamond-cut ceramic restoration is instantly created, just for you. Your dentist then quickly bonds this new custom-made restoration into place and any necessary adjustments are made for your comfort. And voila! your CEREC restoration is now complete.
One of the best things for you is that the whole CEREC process avoids the use of messy impressions, packing string around the gums, wearing a temporary for 2 weeks, or having to return to be re-frozen to insert the permanent crown or inlay. Instead, the milling of the inlay is completed in about 12 minutes and bonded into place that day.
With CEREC, we have the ability to complete this entire process in our office, from start to finish, in approximately 40 to 60 minutes.
Can crowns be made with CEREC?
CEREC can make crowns, but the biggest advantage of this process is the ability to prevent the need for a crown. Crowning a tooth requires quite a bit of grinding, including parts of the tooth that otherwise would not have to be removed. With CEREC, only the damaged part is removed, because bonding the insert back into place restores the tooth to very close to its original strength.
How much do they cost?
A CEREC crown costs about the same as a regular crown. The cost of a CEREC filling is mid-way between the crown and a regular filling. Remember too, that in most cases bonding a CEREC can avoid the need to crown a tooth, which is another reason it costs less in the long run.
Are they guaranteed?
We guarantee CEREC restorations against failure for 5 years, as long as you stay up-to-date with your dental hygiene and maintenance.Mayberry Dental will repair, redo, or apply what you spent on the CEREC toward a more extensive treatment if it becomes necessary.
Does my insurance cover CEREC?
Usually insurance covers the cheapest adequate method of restoring a tooth and CEREC is the state-of-the-art, very best way to treat your teeth. They will cover something toward it, but rarely would it all be covered. But don’t let your insurance company dictate your level of dental health! If you want to have your teeth in great shape in your retirement years, you need to invest in your health now.
I have some silver fillings now. What happens if I leave them?
The silver fillings are over 50% mercury and are not bonded to your tooth. In addition, the silver amalgam material expands and contracts and pushes outward on the sides of your teeth. It is very common for people in their forties, or younger, to start breaking the sides off their teeth due to these factors, combined with years of grinding and biting. A tooth with a silver filling is only a fraction as strong as a bonded Ceramic restored tooth, or an un-restored tooth.
Do all my old fillings need to be replaced at once?
Usually they can be replaced in stages unless decay is present. Generally, we start with the worst one and treat all the teeth in that quadrant together, so you only need to be frozen in that area once.
What if I choose conventional dentistry, such as crowns and fillings?
These are all adequate methods of treating your teeth, but generally not as long lasting, conservative of existing tooth structure, or as preventive of future problems than CEREC.
Can anyone do CEREC?
At this time, very few dentists are trained in CEREC dentistry in Oakton, and even fewer have the necessary technology, as the equipment is extremely expensive. In fact, a lot of dentists have never seen a CEREC restoration, so make sure any dentist you ask about them has actually done one.
Will my teeth be sensitive if I get a CEREC?
CEREC is the least sensitive restoration. Because they are bonded (which seals the tooth), they require less tooth preparation which can irritate the nerve. CEREC restorations are made with an insulating material and since the material is milled from a solid ceramic block, there is no shrinkage like you experience with the conventional white plastic fillings. In addition, they are done in one appointment, so the nerve does not receive a second irritation like a traditional crown when it gets put on at a later date. However, it is possible to have sensitivity afterwards, if the nerve of the tooth is weak. Mayberry Dental will try to determine this ahead of time.
CEREC is future focused. You do not need ceramic restorations, but if you want the best for your dental health, in terms of esthetics, strength, longevity, minimization of future problems, reduced sensitivity, and long term value for what you have to spend, CEREC is the solution. Remember, our life expectancy is increasing, and along with this comes an increase in the expectations we have for our teeth. It is possible to have your teeth for 100 years, but only if you are diligent with prevention. CEREC is preventive dentistry.