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CEREC® - One Appointment Crowns
What is CEREC? CEREC is an acronym...
- Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair.
- Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient.
- Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength.
- of Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored.
- Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.
...for an advanced dental restorative system that allows us to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist...in, out, and on with your busy life. The state of the art CEREC system was developed in 1985 at the University of Zurich in Switzerland by a dentist, Dr. Werner H. Mormann, and an electrical engineer, Dr. Markus Brandistini. Today, CEREC 3 with CEREC 3D software is still the world's only chair side dental CAD/CAM restorative system.
The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera. We use the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth. This picture is used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC 3D software converts the digital picture to a three dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. We then design your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist us with designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and veneers. Once we have designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), we click a button and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the CEREC Milling Unit.
With CEREC technology, we can restore damaged teeth or enhance your smile with bio-compatible, tooth-colored materials in a single appointment. This technology has a track record of almost 20 years. More than 100 studies confirm the clinical excellence of the method. This procedure is useful for replacing old silver filings as well as worn out composite fillings. Since it only takes one appointment, you don't have to come back for a second appointment and you don't have to worry about any temporaries falling out between appointments. Ask us about CEREC today.