CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This high-tech system allows us to design, make, and place restorationsincluding crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneersin only ONE office visit. This not only means less time in the dental chair and more convenience for you, but it also means that uncomfortable impression trays full of messy goo in your mouth are a thing of the past! CEREC one-visit dentistry also eliminates the need for plastic temporaries in your mouth while laboratory work is completed (a process that can take weeks and a series of dental appointments).
Exam and Preparation
Dr. Almaawi will prepare the tooth, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue, saving as much healthy tooth structure as they can. Then, CEREC enables them to restore the tooth using a strong, biocompatible porcelain ceramic material that matches the color of your other healthy teeth. Using a special camera, they will take several images of the tooth to be repaired. 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.
The computer aided milling process is extremely precise, ensuring a natural feeling fit when we bond the newly made restoration to the tooth. A block of the 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. We polish it before bonding it to your tooth, so it will look and feel as good as your natural tooth, if not better!