3-D PRINTING MIGHT SEEM like the newest technological innovation, but it has actually been around since the 1980s, when Chuck Hull printed a cup meant for washing out irritated eyes. His process is still the one we use today to print all kinds of things, including dental crowns!
The traditional procedure for making crowns is to fill trays with a putty-like substance. This goes in the patient’s mouth to make an impression, which then goes to a lab where they use it to make the crowns or implants. This process requires you, the patient, to come back for a second visit. Luckily, Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics® (CEREC) streamlines that process, making it easier for dentists and patients alike!
How The Process Works
Once a tooth has been diagnosed for a Crown/Onlay/Inlay/Custom Implant Abutment the first step is scanning. We use a State-of-the-art 3D digital intraoral camera called the OmniCam. We scan the upper and lower arch as well as the bite. Once the tooth or teeth have been prepped another scan is then taken of the tooth. Then it’s design time. Once the design is complete the information is transferred to the CEREC Milling Machine. Once the crown has been fabricated we then complete the initial try in to verify fit. Then it’s off to the customization area where the magic happens. We are able to customize and glaze the crown to match your existing teeth. From there it’s placed into the furnace. The crown is then ready to be chemically bonded to the prep and you’re out the door all in one visit!
Take a look at a CEREC machine shaping a crown in slow motion:
Staying On the Cutting Edge
We are always making sure we keep up with the latest CEREC technology. We love it and want you to love it too! If you have any further questions regarding CEREC 3-D printing, feel free to give us a visit and we’ll answer any question we can!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
Top image by Top image from Dentsply Sirona.