CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) epitomizes single visit dentistry. With only one appointment, patients can come in with a problem tooth and then leave with it completely repaired. No messy impressions and no need for a secondary follow up appointment. The CEREC machine utilizes complex 3D imaging software, infrared cameras and a milling unit to make restorations easier, faster, and more accurate.
The entire CEREC procedure is completed in a single visit with no need for a follow-up appointment. Your CEREC dentist will remove decayed tissue from the damaged tooth. Next, they will take pictures of the damaged tooth using a CEREC camera. The CEREC camera will then use CAD technology to create a 3D virtual model of the damaged tooth. There are no impressions needed for this procedure. Your dentist will use the computer model to design your new crown.
Once the design is made, it is then sent wirelessly to our on-site milling unit, which will then process the 3D image and create the new restoration from a ceramic/porcelain block,. The new crown gets a try-in, and they we glaze it and fire it an oven like a small pottery kiln. Your dentist will place the final crown before you leave the office. This part of process will usually be completed in under an hour.
CEREC restoration types
There are three main types of CEREC restorations –
1. CEREC Crown: This is placed over the tooth to perform a protective layer and prevent further damage to the tooth.
2. CEREC Onlay: Sometimes a complete crown restoration is not needed. A more suitable treatment may be a CEREC onlay. This restoration is placed only over the damaged cusps (bumps on top of your teeth).
3. CEREC Inlay: CEREC inlays will fit between the damaged cusps on your teeth (see porcelain fillings).
Inlays and onlays are a preferred CEREC treatment option (where possible) as they allow you to maintain your natural tooth structure.
- CEREC crowns conserve tooth structure, require fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your schedule.
- Restorations contain no metal
- Strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials are used in restorations.
- Repairs teeth that have too much damage to be restored by regular fillings.
- Compared to silver fillings, CEREC is healthier for gum tissue, and less traumatic on teeth.
- Comfort! Restorative materials closely match the composition of natural teeth, which means they react to heat and cold the same way natural teeth do.
Alternatives To CEREC
CEREC may not be for everyone. Our dentists offer a number of other restorative procedures to fit your specific dental needs, including –
If you are need of tooth restoration, consult with one of our dentists today to see if CEREC is a good option for you (208.322.5655).