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June 25, 2021

Q: What is CEREC and how can it restore my teeth?

Two Dental Image staff looking at a digital CEREC teeth impression on a computer

Our teeth undergo many changes throughout our lifetime. 

As children, we lose our primary teeth as our permanent teeth erupt. And as adults, our teeth go through more changes due to dental health practices, aging or injury. 

Coffee and tea-stained teeth, yellowing teeth, tooth decay, perhaps you chipped your teeth from when you were playing hockey, are just some of the ways our teeth change as an adult. Whatever these changes or damages may be, Dental Image Therapy Centres offers dental services in Winnipeg to improve your smile through dental restoration. One of these services is Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC). 

All About CEREC Dentistry

CEREC is a dentistry innovation that uses computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to restore teeth damaged from decay or injury.

Unlike traditional dental restorations that use traditional impressions, where a tray with thick, squishy plaster is placed on your teeth for five minutes, CEREC is a faster and more efficient way of getting a detailed look at your teeth. Your dentist simply places a scanner on your teeth and a digital impression is created. 

The restorations, such as a dental crown, are then created in the clinic using specialized equipment. One of the benefits of this procedure is that it usually only takes one appointment (approximately one hour) to complete the entire process, from taking impressions to final restoration placement. 

In traditional dental restoration procedures, designing and creating dental prostheses may take days or even weeks because impressions need to be sent to a lab. The traditional process will take several appointments getting the impression and then fitting the appliance. 

So, how does CEREC work? After taking the digital impression, computer software is used to design and create the digital dental impression. The digital impression then gets transferred to a milling unit that creates the ceramic restoration.

According to the Journal of Dentistry and Oral Care, CAD/CAM can be used to create:

  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Fixed bridges
  • Dental implant restorations
  • Removable or fixed dentures
  • Orthodontic appliances

Will CEREC restorations last a long time? Absolutely. These dental restorations are extremely durable and can withstand wear and tear. 

CEREC Teeth Restoration In Winnipeg

If you’ve been thinking about fixing damaged teeth, we’re here to help you with your dental needs. Don’t hesitate to book a consultation and talk to one of our dentists today. Find out if CEREC is a good option for you. And if it’s not, we’ll find the treatment option made for your teeth 

It only takes two minutes to schedule an appointment. And with two locations, we’re conveniently located at Garden City Shopping Centre and St. Vital Centre, for you and your family.

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