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For over 40 years Restorative and Cosmetic Dentists, Drs. Barr & Diachenko, have been the Chicago areas resident trailblazers in medical science. We take the time to research any emerging technology that will make our treatments more effective and comfortable for patients – and only invest in what works the best.
In keeping with our mission to provide the latest in dental science, we wanted to take this opportunity to share one piece of tech that we are especially impressed with – the CEREC machine. It is through our use of innovative techniques like CEREC, that we provide safer, more comfortable treatments – and deliver faster results.
Dr. Barr was one of the first dentists in Chicago to recognize the quality, value and convenience of CEREC. He started using this technology 14 years ago when almost no one knew what CEREC was at the time. Dr. Barr has done over 14,000 CEREC cases and is among the leader of completed cases in the Chicago area. Dr. Barr also teaches other dentists how to implement the CEREC technology in their practices.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is a mobile device used by elite dentists to provide a next-generation alternative to conventional dental fillings and crowns.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic:
Mobile and convenient, the device is able to sit at the side of the dentist’s chair, without any cumbersome tubes and chords – like the ones on older dental tools.
Due to its size, and advances in crafting techniques, the CEREC machine is able to deliver better results at less of a cost.
Unlike conventional (metal) fillings and crowns, CEREC treatments are meant to repair (AKA restore) the tooth, rather than simply filling a cavity.
Due to the advanced composition of the materials which CEREC uses, it is able to achieve a more attractive (AKA esthetic) appearance.
Instead of using potentially toxic metals in their filling materials, CEREC employs a medical-grade ceramic compound. This ceramic filling is more visually appealing, stronger, and safer.
Using a CEREC machine, your dentist is able to craft more effective – and better looking – fillings in a fraction of the time and cost.
What are the benefits of CEREC?
Although many of the benefits of CEREC are (literally) covered in the name – the true advantage of the system lies in its use of ceramic crafting materials.
For most of dental history, fillings were a notorious procedure. They were often very painful and had to be repeated every couple of years in order to perform routine maintenance. Also, many of the metallic substances used in the early days – such as mercury – proved to be toxic to humans. Furthermore, the metal fillings did nothing to actually repair the tooth. In fact, in many cases the opposite was true. Bacteria would seep into the “filled” cavity, settling in the microscopic space between the metal filling and the soft center of the tooth. Since it is impossible to clean that bacteria out – it would grow and fester – causing a host of extra oral health concerns.
By using CEREC, patients can receive a high-grade ceramic filling – which will actually restore the tooth while supplementing its strength. On top of its health benefits, ceramic naturally resembles the color and texture of a healthy tooth, making it nearly invisible to the naked eye.
How does CEREC work?
After your dentist has determined that you are a suitable candidate for a CEREC treatment, they will administer a low-grade localized anesthetic to numb the problematic tooth. Once numbed, your dentist will gently clean the tooth, removing as much damaged material as they can. After the tooth has been cleaned and properly prepared, your dentist will take an impression.
There are some doctors who still favor the gooey-impression tray approach to treatment – where the patient must bite down into (what feels like) warm clay. We here at Barr & Diachenko DDS, however, prefer to take an Optical Impression.
With an optical impression, the tooth is coated in a flavorless powder and then pictures are taken with a specialized camera and uploaded to the CEREC machine. The CEREC machine then charts a 3-D image of your teeth. The entire process is completed within two minutes, without leaving a bad taste in your mouth.
Using the resulting three-dimensional image of your tooth, your doctor will then use the CEREC computer to design your restorative treatment – and send it to the in-office milling machine. The milling machine, which you can conceptualize as a kind of 3-D printer, will then carve your filling out of a sample of medical grade ceramic.
When the milling machine is finished (about 20 minutes) your doctor will bond the filling to the damaged tooth, shaping it for proper fit and polishing it to achieve a natural look and feel.
Since the entire procedure can be completed within your dentists’ own practice without the impression having to be developed by an outside laboratory, it’s easy to see why CEREC treatments tend to be less costly than their conventional metal counterpart.
Also, by being able to handle every part of the process from inside the doctors’ own practice, they are able to complete even complicated treatments (like full-tooth crowns) in one visit!
Same day Cosmetic Dentistry?
That’s right. Because of technology such as CEREC, the inconvenience of receiving many cosmetic dental procedures is becoming a thing of the past. Many fillings, crowns, and even dental bridges can now be crafted and implanted within a single visit in one day!
Of course, every smile is different, and some cases require more work than others, so you should schedule a consultation with your dentist to see how quickly they can restore your smile.
Ready to get started?
To see all of the ways that we can make your cosmetic procedure a success, call us at (312) 372-4844 or contact us using the form below.