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CEREC One Visit Restorations

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Damaged and decayed teeth that required dental crowns, fixed bridges, and other advanced restorations used to mean patients needed to visit our Fairfax dentist and dental care team twice. During the initial appointment, we prepared the smile and designed the restoration, and at the second visit, we attached a custom restoration. As part of our continued dedication to providing only the best possible dental care using the highest quality materials and innovative technologies, the Fairfax Dental team has incorporated CEREC one visit restorations into our practice. Now, patients can come to our office with broken or damaged teeth and leave with flawless smiles in just one visit. If you want to find out more about CEREC restorations or any of our other treatment options, call Fairfax Dental to schedule your treatment consultation today. We look forward to seeing you soon.

What is CEREC?

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CEREC is an acronym that stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. Simply, the state-of-the-art CEREC computer design and manufacture system lets our team perform every step of the dental restoration process chairside in a single visit using high quality, natural looking materials.

How Does CEREC Work?

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The CEREC restoration process is just like the traditional dental crown process, but rather than relying on a lab to create your restoration, we make it right here in the office. We begin by preparing your tooth. Then, we capture digital impressions of your prepared smile. These impressions are sent to our chairside computer where we use the CEREC smile software to design your flawless restoration. The design is sent to an in-office milling unit where a block of high quality porcelain is milled into your custom crown, bridge, or other restoration. Then, we place the restoration, and you leave our office in just one visit with a beautiful smile.

Do I Need to Care for My CEREC Crowns Differently?

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Our CEREC dental restorations are crafted from high quality, dental grade porcelain. They create durable, natural looking restorations. Unlike some other tooth-colored restoration materials that absorb staining substances, porcelain is stain resistant, so even if you continue to enjoy your morning cup of coffee or the occasional glass of red wine, your crown will stay pearly white. For the most part, you should continue your regular oral hygiene routine at home, brushing two minutes at a time twice a day and flossing daily. However, we may want to review your oral hygiene products to make sure you’re using a soft toothbrush and toothpaste that will cause minimal abrasion to your porcelain restoration. You may also want to use a waxed floss or water flosser to avoid snagging the edges of your restoration. During your regular six month checkups with our team, we’ll examine your CEREC restoration for any signs of wear, and in many cases, we can make repairs right in our office.

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