CEREC Single Visit Restorations
CEREC has revolutionized the way our practice can deliver treatment to patients like you. This high-tech equipment allows us to restore damaged teeth in a single visit. The result is a beautiful, natural-colored restoration that is much stronger than before.
What is CEREC?
CEREC means we can quickly and economically restore damaged teeth using a durable ceramic material that matches the natural tooth color of other teeth in your mouth. CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
What advantages does CEREC offer me?
First and foremost, the restoration can be performed in a single session. With CEREC, there is no need for us to make an impression and send it to the lab. We won't inconvenience you by asking you to return for a second visit.
Secondly, the restoration is natural-looking because it is made of tooth-colored ceramic material. It's metal-free - no silver fillings to discolor your smile. The ceramic material is compatible with tissue in your mouth and is high-grade, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. It allows us to be extremely precise and save more of the healthy part of your tooth.
How does CEREC work?
First, we prepare the damaged tooth by applying a thin layer of reflective powder directly on the tooth's surface. Using a special camera, we then take a picture of the tooth. We work from this photo, which is actually a pin-sharp optical impression of the tooth.
Computer-Aided Design technology helps us design the restoration from the optical impression. You can actually watch us design your new restoration on a full-color computer monitor right before your eyes.
Then CEREC creates an extremely precise restoration. A high-speed diamond bur and a disk work simultaneously to mill the restoration out of a solid block of ceramic material. Finally, we bond the newly milled restoration to the tooth using state-of-the-art adhesive dentistry.
Is this a new technology?
No. Over a decade of clinical research and experience supports the CEREC technology. The manufacturer of CEREC has relied on user input and research to improve the product during this time. Dentists have performed over four million restorations worldwide.
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