The Procedure

CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, or broken, to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it’s done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth colored in a single appointment!

Exam and Preparation

First, Dr. Smith 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 judgment of Dr. Smith.  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.

Optical Impression

Then, Dr. Smith 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. Smith uses a camera to take a digital picture of your tooth and the surrounding dentition.

No Temporaries

Next, the CEREC machine helps Dr. Smith create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Dr. Smith then uses his dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, he sends the restoration design data to a milling machine in the office. Next, a ceramic block is shaped to the exact specifications specified by Dr. Smith. We try the crown in your mouth to ensure an excellent fit, then prepare it for seating by polishing or baking. The crown is then cemented and you are done. Your tooth is restored with no temporary crown or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment! Ask us about CEREC today.