What is CEREC?
In 1985, Sirona Dental Systems changed the face of dentistry by
creating CEREC dental restorations. To date, CEREC is the only method
that offers single-visit chair side restoration. All-ceramic crowns are
fabricated and placed in one easy dental appointment! CEREC is fast,
safe, and provides a natural-looking restoration that will stand the
test of time.
CEREC does more than just crowns – this
revolutionary system is also used for:
- Inlays and onlays
- Veneers for chipped or discolored front teeth
- New fillings
- Replacing old amalgam fillings
Why choose CEREC?
A significant benefit of CEREC is that it's healthier than other
restorative options. In the past, almost all restorations were done with
gold, amalgam, or other metals. CEREC uses all-ceramic material that is
durable and biocompatible with your teeth. In other words, it is safe
and is resistant to wear.
CEREC also allows your dentist to save
more of the healthy tooth structure. Teeth that would have previously
been lost can now be restored with CEREC inlays and onlays. This is
because CEREC's state-of -the-art bonding requires only a small amount
of tooth structure to restore the tooth to it's full function. In
addition, CEREC is used to create beautiful veneers, restoring chipped
or discolored front teeth.
Another advantage of CEREC is that the
entire procedure is done in one visit, from start to finish. This means
less time is spent at the office, in the chair, getting shots, and
having your teeth drilled! Before, getting a crown meant two visits to
the dentist. First you had to go in to have the tooth prepared, an
impression taken, and a temporary crown put on. Sometimes this temporary
would fall off in between appointments, which meant an extra visit to
have it put back on. Then you had to return a few weeks later to have
the temporary removed and the permanent crown cemented into place.
Thanks to CEREC, multiple trips to the dentist are no longer needed to
achieve beautiful and long-lasting dental restorations.
How does CEREC work?
First your dentist will examine your teeth to determine what type of
restoration is best for you. After tooth preparation an optical
impression of your teeth is taken using a special 3D camera. The image
is transferred to the computer, where your restoration is fashioned
using computer aided design (CAD). This technology takes every clinical
detail of your case into consideration, creating the most precise
restoration. Next, these exact specifications are sent to our in-office
milling machine. In a mere 20 minutes, this state-of-the-art device
fabricates your custom, color-matched restoration.
restoration is fitted, polished, and bonded in place. The entire process
only takes 1-2 hours, depending on the extent of your dental work.
Today, more than 20 million CEREC restorations have been completed
worldwide, and this number keeps growing. CEREC remains one of the most
trusted methods of restoration within the dental community, and for good
Do you live in or around San Jose? Call us today to find out more about CEREC single-visit
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