CEREC - Crowns in One Visit

CEREC, the originator and innovator of dental CAD/CAM (Computer-aided Design/Computer-aided Manufacturing) technologies, has been developing and improving its technology over the past thirty years, making it the leader in its technological field.

Dr. Alex Shvartsman has embraced CEREC because of its unparalleled accuracy and one-visit convenience. He lectures extensively on CEREC use and its applications in dentistry, and he is currently the president of the only Long Island-based dentist CEREC study club: The Long Island CEREC Forum. Dr. Shvartsman uses his artistic talent to produce lifelike porcelain CEREC crowns, onlays, and veneers, all in a single appointment. Many dentists and dental professionals have sought ought Dr. Shvartsman in order to restore their teeth with CEREC.

Technology is changing our lives.

Technology is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting edge innovations in dental instruments means less time in the dental chair and more satisfying results. CEREC allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings. There are over 35,000 CEREC providers worldwide, with over 15,000 CEREC providers in the United States alone. The CEREC is truly the future of dentistry.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is an acronym for Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. In simpler terms, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the color of natural teeth.

How does the instrument work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer-aided Design/Computer-aided Manufacturing) technologies, incorporating a camera, computer, and milling machine into one instrument. The Omnicam camera, the latest innovation in CAD/CAM, is used to take an accurate video stream of the tooth which is to be restored. This optical impression is transferred to and displayed on a color computer screen, where Dr. Shvartsman uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over, automatically creating the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the new restoration is bonded to the surface of the old tooth. This entire process is completed in a single visit!

Dr. Shvartsman utilizes Biomimetic dental principles when restoring your teeth.

Dr. Shvartsman fits the new restoration to the missing part of your tooth like a jigsaw puzzle. This is in sharp contrast to the traditional Civil War Era technique – used by a majority of today’s dentists – which fits the tooth to the new restoration. This antiquated procedure, used for traditional metal-reinforced crowns, drills the tooth down to a stump or nub in order to retain the crown. At LI Center for Healthier Dentistry, we are proud to have upgraded to the latest in CEREC technology: the CEREC AC. The CEREC AC uses a new imaging camera, BlueCam, to achieve even more accurate and higher-resolution images. That means better fitting restorations for our patients!

What does this innovation mean for a patient?

A CEREC crown restoration means no more metal crowns or opaque, unnatural-looking teeth discoloring your smile. CEREC restorations are natural-looking, compatible with the tissue in your mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. The benefits are numerous: there is no longer a need to create temporaries or take messy impressions and moulds, crowns do not need to be returned to the dental lab due to a bad fit, and the traditional second and third office visits may be eliminated. The CEREC has over a decade of clinical research and documentation to support its technologies, and its restorations have been proven to be precise, safe, and effective.

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