Broken teeth are a condition we see on a daily basis at Tracey Bell. Often the patient calls for a dental emergency appointment at our Liverpool or one of our Isle of Man or clinics. We always endeavour to accommodate the patient on the same day they make the call
There are numerous ways to fix a broken tooth
- Composite bonding ( white filling )
- Conventional fillings
- CEREC Crowns
- Immediate dentures
What is CEREC ?
CEREC is a revolutionary technology by Sirona Dental Systems UK system that enables your dentist to design, fabricate and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit, a procedure that would normally take at least two weeks, if not more!
How does this CEREC technology work?
Your dentist will prepare your tooth in the normal way he/she would before fitting a crown or a veneer At this point, instead of using “dental putty” to take an impression of your tooth, a digital image is taken using a special camera. This image is then converted into a 3D computerised model of your tooth, which is used as a guide to design your new restoration.
Was introduced at Tracey Bell in 2014. The system involves the use of digital scanning.
Once our dentist is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. The milling process can take anywhere from as little as 6 minutes to 30 minutes
The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colours, and your tooth will be selected to match your surrounding teeth. Once the crown or veneer has been milled, the dentist may characterise it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth, before either polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your new restoration will then be cemented into place onto your prepared tooth.
What are the benefits of CEREC?
There are several advantages to having treatment with CEREC over conventional, laboratory-made restorations:
Everything is carried out in a single visit –
You only need to visit the dentist once – take one day away from your work or life to have the procedure – instead of the usual two or three visits.
Only one set of local anaesthetic injections
Since the entire procedure can be carried out within the hour, you only need to have one lot of injections.
Your dentist is in complete control of the final result
Since the crown or veneer is designed and fabricated from start to finish by your dentist, he/she has total control over how it will look and fit, whereas a crown made in a laboratory is under the control of the technician who hasn’t even seen the patient.
No temporary restorations
If you have lab-made veneers, you would require temporary veneers during the wait for your new teeth. These have been known to fall off and cause problems, which is a step that is omitted with CEREC restorations.
This system is now fully integrated into denture work flow at Tracey Bell, which allows more precise and therefore a better clinical outcome.