CEREC = Crowns in a single sitting

Cerec-with-dental-image1CEREC means we can quickly and economically restore damaged teeth using a durable ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth in your mouth. CEREC stands for the capital letters in Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.

Why is CEREC better for patients?

A big reason is that the restoration of your tooth can be performed in a single office visit, usually in about one hour. With CEREC there’s no need for us to make an impression and send it to a lab. That means you won’t have to come back for a second visit and wear a temporary crown in between the first and second visit. So it saves you time and trouble.

The next, and even more important reason is that the restoration is natural looking, because it is made of tooth-colored ceramic material. It’s metal-free—no silver fillings to discolor your smile! The ceramic material is compatible with tissue in your mouth and is high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. It allows us to be extremely precise and save more of the healthy part of your tooth. It truly is LOOK BETTER, FEEL BETTER, BE BETTER.

How does CEREC work?

First, we prepare the damaged tooth by applying a thin layer of reflective powder directly on the tooth’s surface. Using a special camera, we then take a picture of the tooth. We work from this photo, which is actually a very precise optical impression of the tooth.

Then a specialized computer helps us design the restoration from the optical impression. You can actually watch us design your new restoration on a full-color computer monitor right before your eyes! (See Ginny operating the CEREC computer in the photo to the right.)

Then the CEREC milling unit (pictured to the left, with Dr. Curotto) creates an extremely precise restoration. A high-speed diamond burr and a disk work simultaneously to mill the restoration out of a solid block of ceramic material. Finally, we bond the newly milled restoration to the tooth using state-of-the-art adhesive dentistry.

The two photos below show the CEREC  milling unit. The close up shows the milling bay with the porcelain ceramic block in position. This is the block that will be milled by the two cutters you see on each side to become the precisely sculpted crown.

CEREC Milling Unit with Ceramic Block in PositionA closeup of the CEREC Milling Unit with Ceramic Block in Position (Click photos to enlarge)

The CEREC process has been perfected over the last ten years. So far, all over the world CEREC has provided excellent tooth restorations for over four million dental patients.