Technology is becoming more and more prevalent in our everyday lives. Many people, however, are not aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental treatments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating amazing results. One breakthrough treatment is called CEREC. This technology allows Redwood Dental to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience with temporaries.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality cermaic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.

How does the treatment work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth/teeth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist designs the restoration. Then the "CAM" takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth.

What does this mean for you?

A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissues in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque resistant. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions to send to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated! CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.

 

Dr. Hilary Nelson
2025 Redwood Road, Suite 3
Napa, California 94558
(707) 255-5100

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