Scott Hannaman, D.D.S. and Edward Hebert, D.D.S. Tout the Merits of Modern Technology in Dentistry

Dr. Edward Hebert and Dr. Scott Hannaman

CEREC eliminates the need for multiple visits, impression materials that often make people gag or uncomfortable, temporary crowns that sometime come off while waiting for the lab-fabricated crown and errors in the transfer to the lab and back.

In light of National Dental Hygiene Month in October, Dr. Scott Hannaman and Dr. Edward Hebert discuss the benefits of modern technology in the dental industry. One of the crowning achievements in the dental industry is Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC), perhaps the most researched and supported dental technology today, which enables same-day dental restorations.

“CEREC eliminates the need for multiple visits, impression materials that often make people gag or uncomfortable, temporary crowns that sometime come off while waiting for the lab-fabricated crown and errors in the transfer to the lab and back,” said Dr. Hannaman. “With CEREC, dentists can copy the height, width and shape of the tooth prior to beginning the procedure with a digital camera ‘wand’ to make the bite exactly how it was before, so there’s no guessing if it’s going to fit flush and comfortable.”

Added Dr. Hebert, “The images are stitched together and a 3D representation of your tooth, adjacent teeth and bite appear on the computer screen within moments of the digital impression. Shades are available to match the other teeth that are almost imperceptible to anyone other than a dental professional.”    

The doctors then design a tooth using algorithms of the adjacent teeth’s shape and angles, along with a digital “library” of teeth. “We keep the digital files stored, so if something happens…

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