The 21st century has seen the development of great dental advancements -- and it’s hard to find a more amazing one than CEREC technology. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and is a revolution in three-dimensional imaging and manufacturing. Using CEREC, Dr. Yasuhara creates custom crowns for his patients in one day. This is significantly shorter than the weeks obtaining a customized crown from a dental laboratory used to take.
CEREC dental crowns are unique because they are considered both a cosmetic and restorative dental service. Through the placement of a custom CEREC crown, Dr. Yasuhara accomplishes both goals.
Restorative dentistry procedures refer to treating a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or trauma. For example, a tooth that requires a root canal may require a CEREC dental crown to protect the tooth after treatment. In this way, the new crown “restore” the tooth to its former health and appearance. Patients who grind or clench their teeth may also require crowns to prevent further damage to underlying tooth structure
Crowns are not always placed because a tooth is damaged. They are also used as a cosmetic treatment. Crowns can replace a tooth that is stained, chipped or simply does not appear pleasing to the eye.
CEREC crowns are made from high-quality porcelain, which is designed to closely resemble a tooth’s natural luminosity. To create the crown, Dr. Yasuhara utilizes special imaging technology that maps the tooth where the crown is to be placed as well as the surrounding teeth. When Dr. Yasuhara is satisfied with the crown’s appearance, he will press “send” so the CEREC milling machine can begin cutting the customized crown.
From a large block of dental porcelain comes the dental crown that Dr. Yasuhara can then cement over your tooth. The result is a dental restoration and cosmetic improvement that takes only a couple of hours to create from start to finish. What used to take several repeat visits to Dr. Yasuhara’s Honolulu, HI dentist’s office is completed with only one trip required out of your busy schedule. As an added bonus, the resulting crown is natural-looking and enhances your dental health.
To learn more about CEREC dental crowns and see the advancement in three-dimensional printing for yourself at Dr. Yasuhara’s Honolulu, HI dentist’s office, please call (808) 947-8900.