Cherry Hill Endodontist

CEREC® PrimescanCherry Hill, NJ

The Cosmetic Dentist at Gentle Smiles of Cherry Hill we are committed to investing in the latest advancements in dental technology. From Laser to CEREC dental systems, Dr. Jeeri stays up-to-date with technology that provides more efficient and accurate treatment for our patients in Cherry Hill.

One of our practice’s most recent investments was the CEREC Primescan—the most advanced intraoral scanner on the market. In this article, we discuss the CEREC system, how Primescan fits in the mix, and how it benefits our patients.

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What is CEREC?

Gentle Smiles of Cherry Hill has been offering CEREC dentistry for several years.The CEREC system uses computer-aided design (CAD) and software to create permanent dental restorations (such as crowns, porcelain veneers, inlays, and onlays) in just one day. Before CEREC, creating a crown or veneer took multiple visits and involved taking impressions of a patient’s teeth with a plaster mold—a process that was often sticky and messy. Now, the process takes only one day.

The CEREC machine includes a camera, computer, and milling instrument. These components work together to create a CEREC crown or veneer using the following steps.

  • Exam and Prep. The doctors administer anesthetic and remove decay and weak tooth tissue to prepare the tooth for restoration.
  • The CEREC scanner takes an optical impression of the tooth. Using the CAD software, this image is transformed into a 3D model of the tooth, which can be designed and shaped by the doctor.
  • Once the 3D model is completed, the doctors choose a ceramic block that matches the patient’s tooth shade. The in-office milling machine then fabricates the crown or veneer in just a few minutes.
  • Fitting and Placement. After a “dry fit” to make sure the restoration fits comfortably in the mouth, the crown or veneer is polished and bonded to the tooth using dental adhesive.

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What is CEREC Primescan?

CEREC Primescan is the latest version of the CEREC scanner—a small, hand-held camera that scans a patient’s mouth and produces the optical impressions of the tooth.

CEREC Primescan creates digital 3D images that are crisper and more detailed. It is also faster, more accurate, and easier to use. This is because the scanner uses a Smart Pixel Sensor, which processes more than 1,000,000 3D points per second—resulting in photorealistic and highly accurate data.

Besides allowing the doctors to create crowns and veneers, the Primescan can also help the doctors diagnose and develop treatment plans for other dental conditions, such as cavities and small cracks or fractures in the teeth.

How Primescan Benefits Patients

With Primescan and CEREC dentistry, the patients at Gentle Smiles of Cherry Hill get a better overall dental experience.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Scans are quicker, easier, and less invasive.
  • There are no plastic trays to trigger a patient’s gag reflex.
  • The process is clean and simple—with no messy and sticky goop.
  • Only one appointment is needed instead of multiple appointments.
  • Because the crown or veneer is fitted on the same day, temporary dental caps are not required, which lessens discomfort and the risk of bacteria leakage.
  • Crowns and veneers look natural and are made of ceramic instead of metal. The ceramic material is completely safe—with no mercury or toxins.
  • The ceramic materials expand and contract in a way that is similar to a patient’s actual teeth—reducing the risk of cracks or fractures.
  • Crowns and veneers fit perfectly the first time. Adjustments are rarely needed.
  • Crowns and veneers may last as long as 10 years.

Who Should Use CEREC Crowns and Veneers?

Dr. Jeeri often recommends crowns to:

  • Protect a tooth that is damaged or that underwent a root canal
  • Cover implants
  • Stabilize dental bridges
  • Restore discolored or misshapen teeth

Porcelain veneers are recommended for patients who want to correct minor cosmetic issues, such as teeth that are stained, discolored, misshapen, chipped, or broken. Veneers are also an alternative for anyone who is allergic to teeth whitening solutions, have older veneers, or whose teeth are worn down from grinding.

Definition of Dental Terminology
Anesthetic Injection
An anesthetic injection is when a dental professional injects anesthesia into the veins to administer the drug that will help the patient not feel any sensation during the appointment.
Ceramic Restoration
A ceramic restoration is a dental restoration that consists of a ceramic, tooth-colored material that blends into the surrounding teeth.
CEREC AC Connect
CEREC AC Connect allows dental professionals to take digital images of the teeth and send them directly to a dental lab for creation.
CEREC Omnicam
CEREC Omnicam generates a full color scan of the teeth enamel without the need for a powder coating and is simple to operate.
CEREC Orthodontics
CEREC Orthodontics allow for orthodontists to create a 3D scan of the patient’s teeth without the need for an impression tray to make a mold of the teeth.
CEREC Smile Design Software
CEREC Smile Design Software is a tool that enhances the restoration process to create an accurate digital image of the teeth and what the patient will need to restore his or her smile.
CEREC Zirconia
CEREC Zirconia is a material with high flexural strength, biocompatibility and tissue-conserving preparation.
Cone Beam Technology
Cone beam technology enhances the process for gathering information and images of teeth in order to provide a much more precise treatment.
Cone Beam Technology
Cone beam technology enhances the process for gathering information and images of teeth in order to provide a much more precise treatment.
Dental CAD/CAM
Dental CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design and computer- aided manufacturing dental software that creates a detailed image of teeth to enhance the process for customizing various dental restorations.
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Digital Dentistry Technology
Digital dentistry technology allows professionals to use digital software and other tools in order to create a dental implant or restoration that matches the patient’s exact specifications.
Screw Retained Crown
A screw retained crown is a dental crown that is held in place with a screw in the jawbone to make it easier to retrieve during a procedure.
Temporary Prosthesis
A temporary prosthesis is a temporary product we will place in the patient’s mouth while a dental lab creates the customized and final prosthesis.

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