At Bellevue Dentistry, we understand how frustrating it can be to need a dental crown, then have to wait days or weeks from the first appointment to the last. Typically, it is expected for patients to wait this period of time for dental labs to craft and ship custom-made dental crowns before having them applied. Meanwhile, you want to spend more time outside the dental office – enjoying life, having fun, and showing off your smile; we absolutely understand! That’s why we offer our patients same-day service with CEREC!
Same-day Crowns, partial crowns, veneers and milled fillings are an everyday part of providing state of the art care for our patients. CEREC CAD/CAM 3D digital imaging and milling was introduced to the Northwest by Dr. DiRe 20 years ago. He continued as a teacher and innovator in digital dentistry, providing local education to other dentists.
CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) is a versatile technology that can be used in a variety of restorative treatments. Using CAD/CAM technology, our skilled dentists can design and create a variety of restorations, including fillings, veneers and porcelain crowns, as well as plan a more precise and effective treatment to meet your needs. State-of-the-art equipment allows us to produce any single-tooth restoration the same day as your procedure, so that you can complete your appointment in one day rather than stretching out your treatment over two or more visits to our office.
If you would like to learn more about this advanced technology, please call 425-230-4073 or ask our dentists, Drs. Mark DiRe or Marcus Flynn, during a visit to Bellevue Dentistry.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. With the help of this technology, dental crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays can be made quickly and efficiently. The entire process can be completed in one appointment, which is convenient for patients. Combining computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), the process from concept to creation is streamlined – making for a more pleasant experience for patients and providers alike.
At our office, we utilize our CEREC machine for custom designing and crafting dental crowns for our patients; the process proceeds as follows:
- First, an impression or scan of the tooth is made.
- This data is then used to create a 3D model of the tooth.
- The dentist will then use the 3D model to design the crown.
- Once the crown is designed, it is sent to a milling machine, which will create the crown from a block of ceramic material.
- The crown is then polished and fitted to the tooth.
- Typically, this is all completed within one hour.
No more uncomfortable, unsightly, and unnecessary temporary prosthetics. Through this exceptionally smooth and simplified process, patients can skip the waiting and begin enjoying a perfectly restored smile by the time they leave our office.
The Benefits of CEREC Technology
The main benefit of CEREC is that it offers a more convenient experience for patients. In the past, getting a dental crown would usually require two appointments. The first appointment would involve taking impressions of the teeth, which would then be sent to a dental laboratory. The patient would have to wear a temporary crown for a few weeks while waiting for the permanent one to be made.
With CEREC, we can take digital impressions of the teeth and design the restoration right in our office. This means that patients can get their new crown in just one visit. CEREC also offers a more aesthetically pleasing option for patients. The ceramic materials used to create CEREC restorations are very natural looking. They are also strong and durable, making them a great long-term solution for preserving a tooth following damage or decay.