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CEREC is an advanced dental technology that is utilized for the restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. CEREC can create full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The CEREC machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes. CEREC restorations are made of compressed porcelain. The most beneficial feature of receiving a CEREC restoration is that it is accomplished in one visit. In addition to the benefit of a one visit restoration, there is no uncomfortable impression material to bite on or temporary to wear.


The procedure for placement of a CEREC restoration is very simple. The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. The doctor will then shape the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. The tooth is then sprayed with a very fine powder. This allows the digital camera to take an acceptable image. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D. This will allow the doctor to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the CEREC will mill the restoration. This step takes approximately 15 minutes. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, the doctor will place the restoration. The entire process should take just over an hour.

CEREC - A Good Reason to Smile is One Visit Away!

A smile is one of your greatest personal assets. We can now help you maintain and improve your smile - more conveniently than ever before! A new technology allows us to offer natural-looking, high-quality ceramic restorations, completed and placed in a single office visit.

The breakthrough computer called CEREC 3 allows a dentist to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural colored porcelain restorations in one visit, saving patients time and inconvenience.

What is CEREC 3?

CEREC 3 is a third generation computered CAD/CAM system and represents an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of your teeth. What does this innovation mean for a patient? A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings or discolored smiles. The filling is natural looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, plaque resistant, and lasts as long as a crown.

CEREC 3 is the newest innovation in ceramic cosmetic dentistry. What once took weeks now takes only hours. Previously, when an onlay, inlay or crown was performed, the patient would have to endure many impressions and a two or three week waiting period.

Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. They program the computer to make the crown right in front of you. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated.

Your damaged or broken tooth is prepared for the CEREC restoration which might be an inlay, onlay, crown or veneer. An Optical Impression is taken by simply photographing the tooth with a special computer camera. The restoration is then designed on the computer screen while you watch. Once the design is done, the computer instructs the Milling portion of the CEREC machine to form a solid block of color matched Ceramic/Porcelain to fit your tooth. The finished restoration is ready to be bonded into your tooth to complete the repair just 10-20 minutes later!

Porcelain inlays and onlays can be an excellent restoration of a tooth that might otherwise require a Crown for adequate strength. Frequently, large Mercury-Amalgam or "silver" fillings can severely break down or fracture the tooth.

With Bonding technologies, the tooth can actually be stronger than the original tooth with an inlay or onlay. The Sirona CEREC CAD/CAM device is a way of creating a laboratory quality restoration in a single visit with no temporaries or impressions and no two week wait for lab work to return.

Key Benefits:

  • One Visit Procedure
  • Very Conservative - Preserves the Maximum Amount of Your Tooth
  • No Mercury Involved
  • Aesthetic and Durable
  • Looks great - comes in 17 shades to better match your natural tooth color.
  • Saves time - only 1 visit needed. It is completed right in front of you.
  • Wears as well as your natural teeth. It functions great.
  • Lasts as long as regular crowns
  • State-of-the-art restorations. Cutting-edge technology.
  • Covered by most benefit plans.