What is Cerec?
CEREC is an advanced system for the fabrication of ceramic dental restorations such as crowns, inlays, and onlays in just one visit!
For you, this means fewer injections, less drilling, no uncomfortable impressions, no temporary crowns and less time out of your hectic schedule.
Many dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the practice. On the first visit, you may need an injection, your tooth prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration put on your tooth. At your second appointment some weeks later, you may need another injection, the temporary taken off, and the permanent restoration put on. Why go to the surgery a second time when you don’t have to? With CEREC, the procedure can be done in a single appointment, start to finish.
First, we examine the tooth and determine the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining. Next, the tooth is prepared for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue.
Then, an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth is taken. Instead of filling a tray with impression material that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, a camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process only takes a minute or two.
Next, the CEREC machine creates the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Within a few minutes, the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine. About 10 – 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-coloured restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no temporary or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment!