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What is CEREC®?
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC for short is a new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. With CEREC, the technology is used while you are sitting in the dental chair, which is both economical for you and your dentist. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function. With CEREC’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one single visit to the dentist.
CEREC uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?
Before you get started, Dr. Truong will determine if CEREC is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, Dr. Truong will begin the process by administering anesthesia and then preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth structure.
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
This device is used to create the custom restoration of the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, Dr. Truong selects the colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device creates the restoration needed.
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.
CEREC has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC are: