Dental anxiety can make all your dental issues harder to deal with. From your basic checkups to major restorations, it can be much harder to get the dental care you need.
Fortunately, at Country Club Dentistry in Rancho Mirage, cosmetic dentist Dr. Rod Strober has several tools to make things easier for you. We often talk about sedation dentistry, and how that can make it possible for you to overcome your anxiety and get necessary dental care. However, another technology that can really help is CEREC.
What Is CEREC?
We understand that if you have dental anxiety, you might not want to spend a lot of time reading about dental technologies. Why do that to yourself? However, understanding what CEREC is can help you appreciate how it can help with your anxiety.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It’s a CAD/CAM tool that lets Rancho Mirage cosmetic dentist Dr. Strober make dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and ceramic fillings in his office. He doesn’t have to send impressions off to a lab and wait for the lab to make them before calling you back in.
The process is pretty simple. After preparing your teeth, similar to the method used for traditional crowns, Dr. Strober will use a digital scanner to take images of your teeth. These images become a 3D computer model of the teeth, which Dr. Strober uses to design your restorations. Then a computer-controlled mill will create the restorations, carving them from a block of the type of ceramic you choose with Dr. Strober.
Dr. Strober will check the restoration for fit and color, performing any last-minute corrections to ensure you have the perfect color restoration that fits wonderfully in your smile.
This simple, straightforward approach can make your visit to the dentist more pleasant in many ways.
Fewer Dental Visits
Perhaps the best benefit of CEREC for people with dental anxiety is that it doesn’t require as many visits to achieve your cosmetic and health goals. You don’t have to make two visits: one for the preparation and getting a temporary restoration, followed by a second to receive your permanent restoration (definitive restoration). You can get your definitive restoration on your first visit.
For many people, this is simply a convenience, but for people with dental anxiety, the benefits can be even greater. You can avoid two weeks of stress and anxiety having to worry about your next dental visit. Instead, you can get your dental issue taken care of all at once and get back to your normal routine. You won’t have to worry about the possibility that you might lose your nerve and not make it to the second dental appointment, wasting the money for that next restoration.
Plus, there’s the issue of sedation dentistry. Why sign up to get a second course of sedation if you have the option to get your treatment done with one?
Not only do you get to avoid another dental visit, but CEREC also lets you avoid unpleasantness in the dental visit you make. With CEREC, Rancho Mirage cosmetic dentist Dr. Strober can get dental impressions without asking you to bite down into a tray of goo. We know these trays can be hard to deal with for people who have dental anxiety. They can make you gag, and it’s sometimes hard to hold them in place when you are sedated.
Digital dental impressions involve waving a wand over your teeth. It’s fast and easy.
Can Help with Serious Problems
People with dental anxiety often skip preventive dentistry. If a dentist detects a problem, it can be even harder to get in for restorative dentistry. You might skip dentistry until your problem becomes just too serious to ignore.
Here’s some good news: CEREC can even help in some serious situations related to postponing dental care. Large ceramic fillings and dental crowns can help you address extensive decay in your teeth. Rancho Mirage cosmetic dentist Dr. Strober can even make dental bridges with CEREC. Dental bridges can sometimes let you get fully functional restorations to replace a missing tooth–no need for dental implant surgery, and you don’t have to settle for the limitations of removable partial dentures.
If you have dental anxiety, you don’t want to have to go back to the dentist frequently to repair or replace your restorations. This is another place where CEREC can help: the restorations can be extremely durable. How durable? Dental crowns last as long as lab-made crowns, and nearly 90% of CEREC fillings last up to 27 years.
Don’t let your dental anxiety keep you from having a beautiful smile. With CEREC, Rancho Mirage cosmetic dentist Dr. Strober can create restorations as beautiful as those made in a lab. He can adjust the color at the last minute to ensure a perfect color match. Your smile will look beautiful and healthy.
Get CEREC Dental Crowns and More in Rancho Mirage
Whether you have dental anxiety or not, CEREC is a great option for restoring your smile. You’ll enjoy beautiful, long-lasting results with just one dental visit. Let Rancho Mirage cosmetic dentist Dr. Rod Strober show you how much CEREC can improve your dental experience.
Please call (760) 832-7915 or use our online form to request an appointment at Country Club Dentistry, located near the Rancho Mirage Country Club.