Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC®) has revolutionized dental procedures. Traditionally, if crowns, onlays, inlays or dental veneers were required to restore damaged teeth, multiple procedures and a great deal of waiting time in-between would be inevitable. CEREC® creates these ceramic restorations within minutes in the dental office. This means that many treatments can be completed in just a single visit.
CEREC® is comprised of several computer-assisted design (CAD) tools and a milling machine that creates custom ceramic restorative devices. CEREC® can benefit almost anyone needing a ceramic restoration. This is of great benefit to nervous patients, and it can also reduce the cost of treatment.
How can CEREC® benefit me?
CEREC® benefits you directly by creating a strong, ceramic restoration. CEREC® milled appliances (crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays) are proven to last, some up to 10-years.
What Makes A CEREC Milled Crown Unique?
- No temporary restorations accompany you home after your appointment.
- Incredibly strong ceramic products.
- Fewer dental visits
- Highly aesthetic result colored and shaped in-office.
- Long lasting restorations
What Makes Up the CEREC® System?
The CEREC® System is made up of 3 major components:
Acquisition device: This device is home to a high-quality camera and a medical grade computer. The function of this unit is to photograph the prepared tooth. Three-dimensional images are created of the tooth on the screen, which the dentist uses to design the perfect ceramic restoration.
Three-dimensional CAD software: This software allows the dentist to examine the tooth from every angle. It is the closest possible thing to holding the tooth in the hands and rotating it.
Milling device: This unit actually manufactures the custom restoration from the specifications entered into the computer. A ceramic block that best resembles the existing tooth color is chosen and placed into the unit. Within minutes, the milling device produces the restoration the dentist designed.
The Steps for Creating a CEREC Restoration
The first step in the procedure is to shape and prepare the tooth using dental burs and a handpiece. The second step will involve Dr. Fabry taking digital images of your affected teeth. The CEREC® camera, sends a three-dimensional, colored digital model to the milling machine. Step three, computer images are presented to Dr. Fabry allowing him to view the tooth from every angle and design the final restoration. Step four, the final design is transmitted to the milling unit. Finally, a block of ceramic matching your tooth shade is inserted into the milling machine to create your appliance (crown, bridge, inlay and/or onlay). To ensure your new tooth matches the old ones, a layer of stains are applied to match adjacent dentition. Before affixing the restoration, Dr. Fabry will “dry fit” the appliance to ensure comfort. Once a perfect fit is established, the restoration will be polished and cemented into place.
Our office is equipped with the latest in X-ray technology, Digital X-rays (Planmeca ProMax). Dental X-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our staff uses this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without X-rays, problem areas can go undetected.
Dental X-rays may reveal:
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Bone loss.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!