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Technology has changed our everyday lives; smart phones, smart watches, tablets, Alexa, and self-driving cars are becoming the norm, yet many people are unaware of the technology impacts of the healthcare industry, including dentistry. Cutting-edge innovations in dentistry mean less time in the dental chair, decreased discomfort (no more messy impression or trays), and very satisfying results. Root River Dental’s new, single-visit solution, CEREC®, allows our dental team to quickly restore damaged teeth using naturally-colored CEREC zirconia or ceramic material in a single visit, milled right in the office. Previously, we would take a “goopy”, eye-watering impression, send it to the dental lab to be created, give you a temporary crown or bridge, have you back for a fitting appointment, and finally place the restoration. Now, we cut out two major steps and digitally scan your teeth for the impression, then mill the restoration right at Root River Dental. You will walk in and out in one appointment with all work completed.

What is CEREC?

CEREC (chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics) is a single-visit solution used by thousands of dentists worldwide. CEREC uses a high-quality ceramic material (and now zirconia) that matches the natural color of the patient’s teeth to provide patients the perfect outcome. Efficient, convenient, and simple, proactive dentists around the world are quickly switching to single-visit dentistry with CEREC.

How does the instrument work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology that incorporates a small, hand-held camera and a computer in one instrument and a milling unit to grind/mill restorations in-house. The camera is used to capture the 2D or 3D image of the affected tooth/teeth and the surrounding area. This image is then displayed on a computer screen where Dr. Lechner then uses the customized CEREC Software to create the perfect restorative tooth/teeth. Once the virtual restoration is created, the information is then sent to the milling unit via software and milled onsite within 10-20 minutes. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no “temporary” or return trip necessary.

What does this innovation mean for a patient?

CEREC offers natural-looking crowns, bridges, implants, inlays, and onlays that are compatible with the tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. The days of temporaries, messy impressions, and waiting days for the lab to return the restoration are history. CEREC has three decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology, and restorations completed with CEREC have been proven precise, safe, and effective. Root River Dental now owns the newest and most precise model on the market. It is counterintuitive that new technology will cost the patient less money, but that is often the case with CEREC.

How can I find out if this is an option for me?

Call the office of Dr. Lechner, Root River Dental, at 507-533-7735. We will be happy to answer your questions on this new technology or any services we offer. We look forward to serving you and your family.