Single Visit Restorations
What is Cerec?
CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction and is a sophisticated system of designing and making high quality, metal-free dental restorations in one patient visit. CEREC utilizes 3D photography and CAD/CAM technology to assist a dentist in designing a virtual restoration onlay, inlay, crown, or bridge without taking impressions and, when combined with a milling unit, is able to build the actual restoration while you are still in the chair.
A typical crown appointment lasts less than 2 hours and it’s all done in one visit!
How it Works
The cavity preparation is first photographed and stored as a three dimensional digital model and proprietary software is then used to approximate the restoration shape using bio-generic comparisons to surrounding teeth. The practitioner then refines that model using 3D CAD software. When the model is complete a milling machine carves the actual restoration out of a ceramic block using diamond head cutters under computer control. When complete, the restoration is bonded to the tooth using a resin. CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
CAD/CAM dentistry such as CEREC is the future of dentistry. Utilizing modern technology, a dentist can produce an accurate, safe, biocompatible dental crown, inlay, onlay, or bridge, in just one visit. Technological advances make the system easier to use. It is very accurate assuring that you get a better fit right away, which means great comfort and fewer adjustments later. It is faster saving you time in the chair and more economical for both you and the dentist.