Q&A with Dr Golestani
Why is technology so important to you in the dental field?
“Technological advances are a reality of our everyday life. Dentistry is no exception. The right technology will create efficiencies for the practitioner and comfort for the patient. This is why technology is so important to me.”
Why is CEREC® better than conventional materials?
“CEREC is just the tool, not the material used in the tooth. However, CEREC allows me to use the most advanced ceramic materials that are as close to the original tooth structure. CEREC® also allows me to chemically bond the ceramics to the tooth. This is much stronger, produces a seal preventing future decay, and is much more aesthetically pleasing because the ceramics are a perfect match to the tooth colour. In many cases, my patients cannot even notice where I have restored the tooth.
That is so much better than the old silver or black fillings.”
Can I have a CEREC instead of a crown?
“Yes, absolutely! Provided the tooth has not already had a crown, a bonded ceramic restoration can replace a majority of the tooth negating the need for a crown. Since I introduced CEREC ® technology to my dental office 16 years ago, my use of ‘cemented’ crowns has reduced as much as 80%. Ceramic restorations produced by my CEREC ® technology are chemically bonded hence the amount of tooth destruction is reduced significantly. Crowns, in many cases, are just not needed anymore!
I stress, however, that technology such as CEREC® is only a tool and only in trained and experienced hands can you achieve the desired outcome.”
Who is suitable for CEREC®?
“Anyone with those horrible old leaky metal fillings will need them replaced. Ceramic restorations done using CEREC ® technology will produce a sealed, bonded aesthetic restoration.
Also chipped or broken teeth can be repaired with a biocompatible ceramic filling in just one visit. No impressions with that old sticky putty and no temporary fillings that fall out!”