CEREC Same-Visit Crowns

Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC has revolutionized dental procedures.

Traditionally crowns, onlays, inlays or dental veneers were multiple step procedures that involved a great deal of waiting. CEREC Same-Visit Crowns creates 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 make almost any restoration to order allowing our doctors to place it immediately.

What are the advantages of CEREC?

  • High-quality ceramic products.
  • Minimal invasiveness.
  • Less injections and discomfort.
  • Fewer dental visits.
  • More natural tooth is saved.
  • Long lasting restorations.
  • Biocompatible solutions.

How does CEREC work?

The CEREC System is sometimes called a CAD-CAM system. CAD-CAM means Computer Assisted Design and Computer Assisted Milling. The CEREC system has three major components:

  1. Acquisition device: This device contains a high-quality camera and a medical grade computer. The function of this unit is to digitally photograph the prepared tooth. Three-dimensional images are created of the tooth on the screen, which is used to design the perfect restoration.
  2. Three-dimensional CAD software: This software allows our doctors to examine the tooth from every angle. It is the closest possible thing to holding the tooth in their hand and rotating it.
  3. Milling device: This unit actually manufactures the custom restoration from the specifications entered into the computer. A ceramic block, which best resembles the existing tooth color is chosen and placed into the unit. Within minutes, the milling device produces the restoration. No horrible-tasting impressions or time-consuming transfers to and from the laboratory are required.