CEREC, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is a method of restoring teeth using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. Although this practice is most commonly used for crowns, CEREC can also be used to create veneers and onlays that preserve the teeth and improve their overall appearance.
CEREC restorations are an investment in your oral health and are meant to last for many years. That said, your oral healthcare routine can have a significant impact on how long your CEREC restorations may last.
Immediately following your procedure, you are likely to still feel some numbness and tingling from the local anesthetic your dentist administered beforehand. This should wear off in a few hours, although you may experience some mild soreness or discomfort in the following days.
You may also notice some small pieces of excess bonding material after your procedure, but these usually dislodge with brushing and flossing and should clear up a few days after your procedure. Some CEREC restorations may need some slight adjustments after they are fitted, so if you feel anything sharp poking your tongue or gums, or if you notice unevenness in your bite, give our team a call at 910-256-9040 to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Additionally, keep the following tips in mind after your procedure:
Sensitivity may last for up to two weeks after your restoration is in place however it should resolve shortly after. Sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures is also to be expected during this timeframe. As always, the most important thing you can do to keep your restorations in good shape is to floss and brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, ideally when you wake up and right before you go to sleep.
Additionally, remember the following long-term care tips: