CEREC Dentist (Crowns in One Day)

CEREC by Sirona Dental Systems is the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. With CEREC at your dentist’s side, you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all ceramic crown, onlay, or veneer! For you, the patient, this means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care. So, why are thousands of people world wide choosing the CEREC restorative technique for their dental needs?

To us, CEREC means making dentistry easier on you! The acronym, CEREC, stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This high-tech system enables us to design, make, and place dental restorations—chiefly crowns—in only one office visit! Like the name says, this system is economical because it allows us to provide good quality crowns in less time.

In addition to saving your time, which we know is valuable, CEREC makes it so you can say goodbye to uncomfortable impression trays full of unpleasant goo in your mouth! CEREC also relieves you of the inconvenience of a plastic temporary crown while laboratory work is completed (a process that can take weeks and a series of dental appointments).

With CEREC, you can get the dental crown you need when you need it, then get right back to your busy life and the things that matter most.Most dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist. This means that on the first visit, you get an injection of anesthesia, your tooth prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration put on your tooth. You make a second appointment for a couple of weeks later, and get an injection, have the temporary pried off (if it hasn’t fallen off already, and have a permanent restoration put on. Why go to the dentist a second time when you don’t have to? With CEREC, the procedure is done in a single appointment, start to finish.

How does the system work?

After Dr. Foroughi has examined your tooth that needs to be repaired and consulted with you about the best course of action, your CEREC appointment will be scheduled for a convenient time for you. At your visit, we will prepare your tooth for restoration, saving as much healthy tooth structure as we can. CEREC’s restorative material is a strong, biocompatible porcelain ceramic that we can match to the color of your healthy teeth.

You might be wondering how we design CEREC restorations… With a special camera, we take several images of the tooth being treated. Working from those images, we use CEREC’s CAD/CAM software to digitally design a restoration that we are equipped to mill right in our office! It is an impressive system, and we are pleased to utilize the technological advancements that make dental treatment more effective and pleasant than ever before.

Milling and Placement of Cerec Crowns

CEREC’s computer aided milling process is extremely precise, for a naturally feeling fit when we bond the newly made restoration to the tooth. A block of ceramic restorative material is inserted into our onsite CEREC milling unit and then machined to exact design specifications sent from the computer program. After only 15 minutes or so, your restoration will be ready to be placed! If you are interested, ask us to see our milling unit in action.

Still Have Questions? Here is more information from the manufacturer about CEREC®

What is CEREC®?
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. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. 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. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one single visit to the dentist.

The CEREC® Process
CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?

Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
Optical Impression
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
Milling Unit
This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.
Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.
Advantages to Using CEREC®
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
Metal-free restorations