Our office continues to be on forefront of the latest dental technology. The CEREC system has revolutionized the dental field by meeting the needs of our patients in a more convenient manner. In years past, a patient would need to return for multiple visits to complete a restoration such as a crown or dental onlay/inlay. CEREC Technology can design, fabricate and place a ceramic restoration in just one visit! Also with this new system, the need for temporaries or impressions has been eliminated.
How does CEREC work?
- First, the decay and/or old filling is removed, and the tooth is prepared for its new restoration.
- The tooth or teeth are scanned with digital 3-D camera that creates a precise digital image of the teeth. This replaces the need for messy, cumbersome traditional impressions.
- The computer-aided design (CAD) software then enables us to design and create a restoration specific to your dental needs. These highly durable restorations can also be color-matched for a more natural looking smile.
- We will then attach the restoration to the tooth, and check it for position, placement and bite function. When you leave, you already have your permanent restoration – there is no need for temporaries or follow-up appointments!
There several advantages over conventional restoration systems, including having the restoration completed in one day. This reduces the need for temporary restorations and less local anesthetic. The system also utilizes digital impressions which have been shown to be extremely accurate and have less risk of distortion leading to a better fitting restoration. All CEREC restorations are made from natural-looking, tooth-colored porcelain material that is metal-free, very bio-compatible, and plaque-resistant.