What is CEREC?
CEREC is a relatively new technology that is used for restoring damaged (decayed or broken) teeth. The restoration is usually completed in a single visit. It makes your tooth stronger, more beautiful, and natural looking. The restoration is metal-free; a high-grade ceramic material is used that is compatible with the teeth.
A CEREC restoration is precisely designed, color-matched to the tooth, and highly durable. Crowns, veneers, and inlays/onlays are made in one visit using state-of-the-art CAD-CAM technology (computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing).
After a tooth is examined and determined to require a CEREC restoration, it is prepared by the dentist. An optical impression of the tooth is then made with a digital 3-D camera. The CEREC software assists the dentist in designing a customized restoration. The design specifications are sent wirelessly to an on-site milling chamber that creates the restoration, usually within 10 to 15 minutes. The restoration is then fitted, polished, and bonded to the tooth thereby returning the tooth to its natural form, function, and beauty.