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Are CEREC Restorations as Good as Those Made in a Lab?

The short answer to this question is no, they’re better.

Comparing Performance with CEREC Restorations

CEREC machineCEREC restorations have a more than 20-year history of clinical trials and studies. They have been compared to virtually every other type of restoration that can be used to repair your teeth. These studies have shown that CEREC restorations have just as good a survival rate as traditional restorations, including those made in a lab.

For porcelain veneers, a large study of 617 veneers that had been in place for 9 years showed that the survival rate was about 94%, with a 98.8% satisfaction rate from the standpoint of patients.

For dental crowns, CEREC crowns showed a 97% survival rate up to four years.

For inlays and onlays, CEREC restorations perform even better. One study ranked seven types of filling types from worst to best on the basis of failure rates over 15 years:

  • Glass ionomer fillings (7.7%)

  • Metal amalgam fillings (3.3%)

  • Composite fillings (2.2%)

  • Composite inlays and onlays (2.0%)

  • Lab-made ceramic inlays and onlays (1.6%)

  • Gold inlays and onlays (1.2%)

  • CEREC inlays and onlays (1.1%)

It’s hard to argue with performance like that. Overall, in terms of performance, CEREC restorations are at least as good as other types of restorative materials.

What Makes CEREC Restorations Better

But what really sets CEREC restorations apart is their convenience and comfort. CEREC restorations can be made while you wait, instead of having to send off to a lab to produce the restorations, which can take a couple weeks, during which time you will wear a temporary restoration.

And CEREC restorations are made using only digital impressions, which are faster and more comfortable than traditional impressions.

These benefits make us proud to offer CEREC restorations at our practice. If you want to benefit from this powerful technology, please call 619-299-5925 to schedule an appointment at Strober Dental in San Diego, California.

By | 2016-06-02T07:19:17+00:00 March 12th, 2014|Crowns, Porcelain Veneers|