What is CEREC®?
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® for short is a state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC® restorations use computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-visit dentistry for patients. This technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and receiving the finished product. With CEREC®, the restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can be done in one single visit to our office.
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The CEREC® Process
CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. How does this process work?
Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, we will determine your specific treatment needs, determining if CEREC® is right for you. After reviewing your options, we will begin the process preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth enamel.
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
This device is used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, we are able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes our milling unit will have completed making your custom restoration.
Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.
Advantages to CEREC® Restorations
CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to CEREC® restorations are:
- Most procedures can be done in one visit - less costly and less time-consuming
- No need to take messy impressions
- No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
- Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
- Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
- Metal-free restorations