CEREC (or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology is a fairly recent advance in dental restorations. The CEREC system creates a 3D map of your teeth through the use of advanced imaging systems. Using this map, a wide range of dental restorations such as inlays, veneers or crowns can be custom made to your specifications. The main benefit of CEREC technology is that all the equipment is usually housed on-site. This means that from the imaging process right the way through to the creation and fitting of the ceramic restorations can normally be done in one sitting.
CEREC dentistry uses state of the art computer mapping to create a complex 3D map of your mouth, paying particular attention to any problem teeth. It’s normal for some of your teeth to be coated in white powder during the imaging process as this will help create a clear and accurate picture of your teeth.
Unlike conventional methods, no moulds will need to be taken of your tooth. Instead, the 3D image is used in the design and creation stages of your new veneer. Once the design process has finished, your dentist will use his on-site CEREC machine to create the new restoration from a ceramic block. How long the manufacturing takes largely depends on what type of machine is being used and how complex the work required is but tends to take under 30 minutes.
Once your new restoration is ready, it’s then glazed and polished and your dentist will be ready to fit it. Your teeth are prepared in exactly the same way they’d be for normal restorations before the CEREC restoration is fixed into place using specialised dental cement.
The CEREC procedure is a lot quicker than conventional methods of placing restorations and due to the accuracy of the digital image, more of your natural tooth structure can be preserved. As the process will be completed in one sitting, there’s no need to wear a temporary veneer or crown and the high quality ceramics ensure that your restoration is resistant to damage or cracking. As your restoration is created to your exact specifications you can be sure you’ll get a comfortable fit as well as great aesthetics.
Drawbacks of CEREC
Although the vast majority of patients are suitable for CEREC restorations, in some cases medical conditions and other circumstances will make some patients ineligible for CEREC treatment. You should have a detailed discussion about treatment options with your dentist before undergoing any dental procedures.
Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
- Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does tooth whitening involve?
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.
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The Zoom! Chairside Whitening System is a scientifically advanced, patent pending tooth whitening procedure. Its a safe effective and fast, very fast. In less than an hour your teeth will become dramatically whiter. Zoom! Chairside Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of wearing trays or strips makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.
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The Zoom! In-Office Whitening system will make your teeth dramatically whiter in less than an hour. The procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to cover you lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. The Zoom! clinician the applies the proprietary Zoom! whitening gel, which was designed to be used with a specially designed light. The Zoom! light and get work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration. With proper care your smile will sparkle for years.
A Note of Assurance
Tooth whitening is a well established procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Hydrogen Peroxide , the active agent in Zoom!, has been safely used for many years in the treatment of gums and other oral soft tissue.
The whitening process is effective on most discolored teeth. Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics, are more difficult to whiten. the degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth.
If you have any questions then you are most welcome to call us and speak with Dr. Gill. Remember the Zoom! is guaranteed whitening for you and your loved ones.
Zoom! Frequently Asked Questions
What is Zoom! tooth whitening?
Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances uc as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone, however, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Dr. Gill as a dental professional can determine if you are a viable candidate for the procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
Do many people whiten their teeth?
More people than you might imagine. A bright sparkling smile can make a big difference for every one. The Zoom! Chairside Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.
Is whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How long do the results last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and occasional touch-ups with Zoom! Weekender or Nite White gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available only through your dentist.
How does the Zoom! In-office system work?
The Zoom! light activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the Hydrogen Peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of the Zoom! lamp increases the effectiveness of the Zoom! gel by 26% or more, giving an average improvement of eight shades.
What does a patient experience during the Zoom! In-Office Procedure?
During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.
How is exposure to the Zoom! light controlled?
The Zoom! procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be protected. The dental professional is required to monitor the procedure to insure any exposed skin or tissue is isolated and protected. Protective eyewear is required during the procedure.
Light sensitive individuals, including those undergoing PUVA therapy (Psoralen+UV Radiation) or other photo chemotherapy, or patients with melanoma, should not undergo the Zoom! in-office procedure. Also, patients taking any light sensitive drugs or substances, whether over the counter, prescription or homeopathic, should consult their primary care physician prior to the procedure. Anyone who is not eligible for Zoom! Chairside Whitening for these reasons may be an excellent candidate for Zoom! Take-Home.
How long does Zoom! Chairside Whitening take?
The complete procedure takes less than an hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by 45 minutes of bleaching. (A cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom! whitening session.)
Are there any side effects?
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The Zoom! light generates minimal heat which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate.