Ceramic Restorations Calgary Alberta
Why Ceramic and what is Ceramic?
Our ceramic restorations, made with cerec®, are the dental industry’s closest attempt so far to duplicating natural tooth enamel. the finished cerec ceramics are bonded directly onto the tooth.
Deer Valley is proud to offer the CEREC machine to aid in tooth restoration procedures. The CEREC machine uses computer technology.
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 a method of preventive dentistry for adults who already have extensive mercury fillings and children who already have decay in permanent teeth. Your tooth is literally reconstructed with ceramic.
How do they look?
Ceramic restorations made with CEREC are tooth colored and blend in so well with your own natural teeth.
How are CEREC restorations made?
First, the general dentist removes any old filling(s) and existing decay. The tooth is then scanned using an infrared 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 general 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 created, just for you. Your general 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.
What is the advantage?
One of the good 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 60 to 90 minutes.
Can crowns be made with CEREC?
CEREC can make crowns. Crowning a tooth requires quite a bit of grinding, including parts of the tooth that otherwise would not have to be removed.
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.
Does my insurance cover CEREC?
Usually, insurance covers the cheapest adequate method of restoring a tooth. 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. We will always let you know the costs involved and what your insurance covers so you know before we begin what your out of pocket will be before we start.
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. They certainly can be left as is, but it is not uncommon for them to break unexpectedly.
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. CEREC's an advantage is probably that crowns can be done in one visit instead of two.
Will my teeth be sensitive if I get a CEREC?
The restoration is bonded (which seals the tooth) and the process requires less tooth preparation which can irritate the nerve. 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 afterward, if the nerve of the tooth is weak. Deer Valley Dental Care will try to determine this ahead of time.
CEREC is future focused.
All dental services at our office are offered by general dentists.