The CEREC Procedure

Cerec One Visit Crowns & Restorations

Single Visit Cerec Crowns/Onlays/ Inlays

Very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings or two in your own mouth, which do just that- “fill” a cavity or hole, in your tooth left from the extraction of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years. * CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentist worldwide since 1987 not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, its done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth colored in a single appointment.

Cerec Preop Image
This is an example of two teeth that will be restored with CEREC. Note the failed silver filling and failed plastic filling along with tooth decay and fracture lines.
This picture shows how little tooth structure needed to be removed. Because we can make replacement part for the tooth that fits exactly AND can then bond it to the remaining solid tooth structure, less tooth structure needs to be removed. With traditional crowns, an entire tooth is reduced several millimeters to reinforce and repair a diseased tooth.
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Cerec Post-op Image
The final restoration seen on the left is almost indistinguishable from the natural tooth.

CEREC is an acronym for an advanced dental restorative systems that allows Dr. Glass and Dr. Tran to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restoration in just one visit to the dentist … in, out and on with your busy life.

How Does The CEREC Procedure Work?

First, Dr. Glass examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and the clinical judgement of Dr. Glass. Next, he administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like he would do for many other restorative techniques.

Then, Dr. Glass takes an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression “goop” that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, Dr. Glass coats the tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. 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 helps Dr. Glass create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3D software takes the digital picture converts it into a 3 dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Dr. Glass then used his dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, Dr Glass clicks a button,and the restoration design data is sent to a seperate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10-20 minutes later, your all- ceramic, tooth colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Finally, Dr. Glass tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. 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! Ask Dr. Glass about the CEREC today.

CEREC Inlay Restoration

Often, patients with amalgam fillings will exhibit amalgam breakdowns and damage to the tooth structure as recurrent decay creates stress fractures on the enamel. Unlike most laboratory-created crowns, CEREC inlay restorations stabilize the integrity of the tooth. CEREC materials ensure maximum bond strength and enhance appearance, resulting in your desired smile. CEREC inlay restorations form a smooth, tooth-colored replacement of dental material lost to cavities. Using ultramodern CAD/CAM technology, CEREC inlays mimic your tooth’s color and structure exactly.

CEREC Onlay Restorations

Silver amalgam restorations regularly result in unsightly crowns and the necessity of replacement over time from recurrent decay. Rather than replace the old amalgam, CEREC onlays are placed on the tooth to retain the original structure and create a more natural look. Onlays, or partial crowns, are more extensive than inlays, and cover the bumps on the tooth surface. The enamel-like material of CEREC mimics the appearance and feel of real teeth.

CEREC Crowns

Patients who lose fillings often need replacement crowns, which can take up to three appointments to fill in. CEREC, however, mirrors the appearance and feel of a normal tooth and only requires one visit to install. Crowns, or tooth-shaped caps placed over teeth, restore the damaged tooth to its original shape, strength, size or appearance. CEREC crowns preserve a healthy tooth structure while restoring your natural smile.

CEREC Veneers

Teeth that have been repaired with compacted composite material often break down, resulting in chipped teeth. CEREC veneers correct the incisal length and angle, restoring the tooth to its original appearance in only one visit. Veneers, or thin laminates of tooth-colored porcelain, are bonded to the front of teeth, covering the front surface and resulting in an improved appearance. The veneers produced by CEREC are custom-designed for each tooth to provide an exact match.

Multiple Restorations

In the past, patients with multiple failed restorations typically required several appointments to achieve a full restoration. With CEREC, however, multiple inlays and onlays can be fabricated, bonded, polished and installed at once. CEREC technology completes the multiple restorations in one visit, resulting in a beautiful smile in a fraction of the time.