Lately, you may have noticed a bunch of commercials for Cerec on TV from the company 1-800-DENTIST.
I gather what they are trying to do in these ads is brand Cerec (the name of the machine that performs the milling of same-day crowns) as one and the same as the concept of same-day dentistry, in the same way that most people say Kleenex instead of facial tissue, ChapStick instead of lip balm, or Q-Tips instead of cotton swabs.
Whether or not this becomes a thing, I want everyone to know that Moonlight Beach Dental has been providing Cerec in Encinitas since we opened our doors almost 2 years ago.
Here’s a short video about the Cerec machine and how this all works:
With Cerec, I’d say there are 3 major benefits for consumers:
- It costs about the same as the old way of doing crowns.
- It saves you time.
- You don’t have to put those slimy, nasty molding trays in your mouth.
Here’s a basic walk through of the Cerec process:
Scan and model
We take a digital scan of your mouth in a matter of seconds. This creates a perfect 3D model of your tooth. The outer part of your tooth is removed, and we create another 3D model of the nub.
These are the raw Cerec “blocks” that the Cerec machine mills into an exact replica of the digital model we scanned. For illustration purposes, we have some before and after models.
The Cerec machine
This is the Cerec machine. It’s about twice as large as a computer printer. It mills the crown in a matter of minutes.
Harden and install
The Cerec tooth is then “fired” (hardened) in this machine, and it’s ready to put into your smile.
Cerec is a very cool tool, and I’d be happy to talk to you about it or show you the machine in person if you have any questions or if you’re curious.