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. 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.
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:
Most procedures can be done in one visit – less costly and less time-consuming
Less painful injections due to single-visit
No need to take messy impressions
No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
Longer lasting restorations – may last over 10 years
Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
Is CEREC® Right for Me?
The CEREC® system boasts a number of long-term benefits for anyone who needs a ceramic restoration. However, exceptions include patients who have a deep bite and a history of breaking ceramic devices.
CEREC® dental restoration devices can last for over 10 years and some of the benefits of using them include:
- No temporary restorations
- High-quality ceramic products
- Minimal invasiveness
- Less injections and discomfort
- Fewer dental visits
- Cost effectiveness
- More of the natural tooth is saved
- Longer lasting restorations
- Biocompatible solutions
How a CEREC® Dental Restoration Procedure Works
The first step of this procedure is to prepare the tooth for the dental restoration. Varying from patient to patient, the dentist takes photos of the affected teeth using either one of CEREC’s® imaging solutions:
Using the CEREC® Omnicam, the dentist takes multiple images of your tooth, sending a colored, 3D model to the CEREC® machine.
Using the CEREC® Bluecam, the dentist coats the teeth with a contrasting agent before taking images of your teeth.
These highly detailed images are sent to a computer screen where the dentist can view the affected tooth or teeth from every angle in order to design the final restoration. Once the design is complete, it is sent to the milling unit to conclude the restoration process.