CEREC – Ceramic Reconstruction

For many dental patients, the most frustrating element of having restorative dental work done is waiting for their crowns, veneers, or inlays to be developed at an off-site lab.

This means more than one dental appointment, more than one procedure, and potentially a great deal of time in between the visits where you’re still living with a damaged and incomplete smile. With the invention of CEREC®, however, dentists are now able to construct and produce ceramic restorations right on site. The result: Many dental repairs can be completed in only one visit, and all you need is a little bit of patience.

What Is the CEREC® System?

The CEREC® system is also referred to as a CAD-CAM system. CAD stands for “Computer Assisted Design” and CAM stands for “Computer Assisted Milling.” Therefore, CEREC® uses computer design and a milling device to create custom-made restorations in the dentist’s office.

There are three major components of the CEREC® system that are integral to creating a tooth restoration:

  • Acquisition device

    This device uses a high-quality camera and a medical-grade computer to scan the tooth or several teeth that are to be restored. The dentist uses that image to design your custom-made restoration.

  • Three-dimensional CAD software

    This provides the dentist with the ability to look at the tooth from every angle and offers a preview of the final outcome to both dentist and patient.

  • Milling device

    This unit makes the custom restoration based on the specifications from the computer. Your dentist chooses a customized block that provides the closest match to your existing tooth color. A few minutes, later the crown is born.

Is the CEREC® Restoration Procedure Complex?

CEREC® makes it easy for your dentist to customize your new restoration, and CEREC® makes it easy for you to tolerate time in the dentist’s office because your new smile is only moments away. Here’s how the restoration procedure works:

  • The tooth is prepared by removing decay or old restoration.
  • A wand-like scanner is used to take a digital impression of the tooth.
  • The image appears on the computer screen, and the dentist and patient view the tooth and design the restoration.
  • Once the design is complete, the image is transmitted to the milling unit where the tooth is created.

What Are the Benefits of CEREC®?

If you want a restored smile and you want it quickly, CEREC® is hard to beat for efficiency and quality. There are many advantages, including:

  • Permanent, long-lasting restorations
  • Less-invasive procedure
  • Less discomfort
  • Fewer dental visits
  • No horrible-tasting impressions
  • Less time-consuming

How Long Do CEREC® Restorations Last?

CEREC®-created restorations may last 5 to 7 years, and some can last longer. Just like your natural teeth, the quality and longevity of your CEREC® smile depends on how well you care for your teeth and maintain preventive visits to your dentist.

Learn more about CEREC® by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez or Dr. Sharon Schmeiser.