The CEREC Procedure
Very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that — “fill” a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. CEREC is a method used by specially trained dentists to replace these fillings and to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened or broken to its natural strength and beauty. It can also be used to create quality dental implant abutments, crowns, bridges and even veneers in some cases. CEREC is done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth-colored in a single appointment!
What is CEREC?
CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it’s done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth-colored in a single appointment!
CEREC allows us to restore your damaged teeth without the waiting of traditional restorations. CEREC crowns are created in our office in a matter of hours. CEREC restorations are made uniquely for you using state-of-the-art dentistry.
CEREC machine helps us create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. We then design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine to create your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration. Once completed, we try the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then fired and crystallized before being bonded. Your tooth is restored with no “temporary” or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment!