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Columbia, TN Dentist: Pros and Cons of CEREC Technology

The introduction CEREC technology changed the way dental practices completed restorative dental work. By incorporating the CEREC milling system into the office, dentists no longer have to wait for separate manufacturing to create restorative dental pieces, like, crowns or bridges. On the other hand, while making in-office dental pieces does prove quite beneficial, some setbacks do surround this milling machine.

Dr. David Foster, your Columbia, TN dentist, shares the pros and cons of the CEREC milling system in today’s article.

CEREC Milling System—The Good and the Bad


  1. Minimal waiting time. Typically, when patient needs a porcelain-based dental piece, the process requires more than one appointment due to manufacturing. Ceramics lab make thousands of dental pieces, which is why receiving those may take two or even three weeks. However, with a CEREC milling system, your Columbia, TN dentist can make those same dental pieces during your appointment. In other words, prepping the tooth and bonding the restorative piece happens in just one day.

  2. Make more than just restorative pieces. While the CEREC machine can make flawless dental crowns and bridges, this milling system can also create porcelain veneers and even inlays and onlays.

  3. End of temporaries. Since the traditional method of making porcelain-based dental pieces took a number of weeks, doctors had to outfit patients with temporary crowns, bridges, and veneers. Yet, with CEREC, you don’t have to wear those ill-fitting dental pieces—you can simply wait for your permanent set.


  1. Higher cost. According your Columbia, TN dentist, the CEREC milling system may cause the in-office dental pieces to cost more. Due the high cost of the machine itself, the restorative pieces might have an increased price tag. If this is an issue, though, you can choose to receive your dental pieces with the traditional method.

  2. Three’s the limit. The ceramic lab can manufacture an entire mouthful of dental pieces in that shortened time span—this convenience, unfortunately, doesn’t extend to CEREC. At most, the milling system can only make a few dental pieces at a time: about three or four tops. Making more than the recommended amount may lead to poorly constructed pieces. Instead, Dr. Foster recommends the use of CEREC for patients who require a small amount of dental pieces during one appointment.

Creekside Family Dental Manufactures In-Office Restorative Pieces

If you’re looking for dental office that provides CEREC technology, take care to visit Dr. Foster. He can answer any questions you may have about restorative dentistry or the in-office CEREC milling system. To schedule an appointment with your Columbia, TN dental practice, call us at (931) 388 – 3384. Also, visit our website for services, patient gallery, and to learn about our team. We welcome patients from Lewisburg, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Centerville and surrounding cities.

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