Creating or restoring beautiful smiles used to take more than one visit to the dentist. But using CEREC technology, we can create these smiles on the same day.
Developed in 1985, CEREC is still the only dental CAD/CAM restorative system done chair side in the world. CEREC is an acronym for:
The CEREC Procedure
As with any visit to the dentist, the first step is an examination, where cosmetic dentists Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro will determine what treatment you need. Depending on how healthy your tooth is, you might need a filling or a crown. The dentists will give you an anesthetic and remove any damaged tissue, to prepare the tooth for its pearly porcelain restoration.
Next, they will take an optical impression of the tooth. Rather than using hardening materials that you must bite into and hold, they will apply a tasteless, non-toxic powder. Using our digital intraoral camera we will take one or more pictures of the tooth. This process takes only minutes.
The CEREC Machine
The digital picture of your tooth is converted into a 3D model of your new restoration. Instead of sending this to a dental lab and waiting several weeks for the restoration to be made and sent to him, Dr. LeSueur or Dr. Dodaro simply inputs it to his CEREC machine. A ceramic block matching your tooth shade is placed into the machine and in 10 to 20 minutes, the restoration is finished. After checking for proper fit and bite, Dr. LeSueur or Dr. Dodaro will bond the restoration in place, so that it is now a part of your tooth. The final step is to polish it.
In one appointment, your tooth is restored. There is no need to return to replace a temporary crown or onlay with the permanent one. No longer will you have to worry about a mouth of metal fillings or wearing temporary crowns. If you are in the Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, or Tempe, Arizona area, please contact CREC technology specialists Scott LeSueur, DDS or Dr. Charles Dodaro. You’ll be on your way to the smile you have been waiting for.
Advantages of CEREC
In addition to saving you time and money, CEREC offers advantages including:
- Less invasive planning and placement
- Greater preservation of your natural tooth structure
- Fewer shots of anesthetic
- Instant restoration of function and beauty
CEREC restorations are not a step down from those created in a lab. In fact, our experienced dentist can use this technology to create restorations that are shaped, sized, and colored to fit seamlessly into your smile and offer the same strength and resilience as those produced by a third party.
Questions about CEREC
CEREC is a type of CAD/CAM machine which sculpts (mills) porcelain crowns and dental inlays and onlays on location at our cosmetic dentistry office. CEREC does away with the need for traditional teeth impressions, temporary crowns and fillings, or long wait periods.
How does CEREC make dental restorations?
CEREC uses digital 3D imaging to create an electronic image of your tooth or teeth which need restorations. It feeds the information into a machine that uses the image and cosmetic dentist’s input to sculpt the inlay, onlay, or dental crown out of a small piece of dental porcelain. Once the dental restoration has been created, it is dry-fitted before being affixed to your tooth with permanent dental fixative.
What material does CEREC use to make dental restorations?
CEREC can use different dental materials to create a dental restoration, but most use semi-translucent dental porcelain which can be tinted to match your natural tooth color virtually seamlessly. The porcelain crowns, inlays and onlays made by our CEREC machine do not contain metal, making them safer and often longer-lasting than traditional metal amalgam crowns and fillings.
Why is using CEREC better than making dental crowns, inlays and onlays by hand?
The biggest benefit of using CEREC is making the dental crown process simpler and therefore faster, allowing you to receive your dental restorations almost immediately. However, the reduced cost of using CEREC over a dental laboratory for creating simple restorations is another large benefit, enabling us to keep the cost of your all-porcelain restorations reasonable.
How long does CEREC take to make a dental restoration?
Many dental offices require two or more visits to take impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab to have a dental crown created. This method requires the use of temporary crowns which often fit poorly, are sensitive, and can allow your teeth to shift between the first and second visit.
However, CEREC works at high speeds to create a dental restoration custom sculpted for your tooth. Because of this, we are able to offer same-day dental crowns to our patients. With CEREC, a 3D digital image is all that is needed to create a crown, which is quickly sculpted and placed before you leave our office. By eliminating unnecessary middle steps, CEREC technology lets you receive your dental crown the same day you need it.