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young woman smiling with restorations made by CEREC in Richardson After suffering through a toothache for weeks, you finally visit your dentist, only to hear them tell you that you’re going to need a dental crown to heal your tooth. Now you’re going to have to schedule two appointments – one to prepare your tooth and receive a temporary crown, and another to cement the permanent crown into place. You don’t want to have to take that much time out of your busy schedule, but dental restorations such as crowns and bridges are important. Delaying this treatment could result in worse consequences for your oral health in the future. Fortunately, Dr. Meredith Davis offers CEREC in Richardson. This technology allows us to design, create, and place your restoration in just one appointment. Contact our office to learn more!

What Is CEREC?

young woman admiring her new smile in the mirror CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Put simply, CEREC is a state-of-the-art restorative dentistry technology that allows the entire process of getting restorations, such as bridges or dental crowns in Richardson, in one single appointment rather than having to visit us two or three times. Because the whole treatment takes place in our office instead of a dental lab, we can make sure the final result is flawless and precise.

How CEREC Works  

The process of designing, crafting, and placing your restoration is nearly identical to that of their traditional counterparts, but the main difference is that your dentist in Richardson can perform every step right here in our office.

First, we prepare the tooth in question by removing the damaged portion as well as a small amount of enamel from all sides. This allows the restoration to fit snugly over the tooth without bulging out. Next, we capture digital impressions of that section of your mouth that instantly show up on our chairside design unit. From there, we can create a design plan for your perfect restoration. Once this step is finished, we transfer the design to our in-office milling device, which molds your restoration from a solid block of high-quality dental ceramic. It should be finished after about an hour. We then examine the fit, make any final adjustments, and cement the restoration into place.

Benefits of CEREC Over Traditional Restorations

dentist educating patient about CEREC technology Dentists all over the country are choosing to adopt CEREC technology over the traditional method of creating restorations, and for good reason. Some of the benefits that CEREC offers include: