White Smiles Family Dentistry is excited to add Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® to our list of services. This is a  new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. This method uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer same-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic dental treatments such as crowns and veneers for patients. Now, there is no longer a wait between the preparation of  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 CEREC® technology creates restorations that are tooth colored and restore your smile back to it’s natural beauty, strength and functionality. Thanks to CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these dental procedures 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?

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Before getting started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple dental procedure. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.

Optical Impression

Then a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored is created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This 3-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take those messy impressions we’ve dealt with before. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then convert the digital image into a 3-dimensional, virtual model of the prepared tooth.

Milling Unit

This tool is used to used to create the customization of the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, your dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic blockand create the restoration needed.

Placing the Restoration

Once the restoration is created, it is time for it to be tried on to make sure that there is proper fit and bite. When ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. All in one visit.

Advantages to Using CEREC®

Created with the patient in mind, CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. Here are some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:

  • Most procedures can be done in one visit – less costly and less time-consuming
  • No messy impressions
  • No temporary restoration for in-between visits
  • Saving as much natural tooth structure as possible
  • Restorations that can last over 10 years
  • Restoration of a tooth’s natural beauty, function and strength
  • Metal-free tooth restorations