CEREC is the short term for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction. CEREC uses CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) technology to take impressions quickly and generate a precisely fitted filling so you can leave Discovery Dental sooner.
CEREC is the superior digital chairside treatment experience for dentists and patients alike. It enables dental professionals to manufacture dental restorations in their dental office.
In the course of one visit, we can diagnose and prepare your damaged tooth, create an optical impression of the tooth, and use Cerec to design and mill a precision restoration, which is then permanently bonded to your tooth. No mess, no discomfort, no wait.
Cerec inlays and onlays can be used to replace large existing fillings that need to be replaced but are too extensive for a new filling. We are very conservative and always keep tooth structure whenever possible. Instead of grinding down healthy tooth structure for a crown, we only remove the old filling, any fractures and/or decay and replace what’s missing with a custom puzzle piece of porcelain. The Cerec inlay or onlay will provide a strong, aesthetic, long-lasting restoration. Compared to composite (plastic) onlays, Cerec’s metal-free, enamel-like material looks and feels like your real teeth and helps restore your tooth to its original strength. Besides the natural look and feel, but most importantly, we can see through Cerec onlays and inlays on X-rays and catch new cavities before it’s too late. As with any Cerec restoration, it can be done in one visit, without the drudgery of impression materials, temporary onlays and a return appointment associated with lab-created onlays.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that’s placed over the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength or improve its appearance. A crown may be needed to protect a weakened tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth, to restore a broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down, or to replace old, failing restorations or fillings.
The Cerec crown is a beautiful looking, single-visit restoration. With its enamel-like material, the Cerec crown looks and feels like your real teeth. Unlike the old PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crowns, Cerec is metal free. Although the PFM can mimic natural tooth appearance, the metal limits translucency and can sometime show though as a dark line, especially at the gum line. The Cerec crown can help preserve healthy, natural tooth structure. As with any Cerec restoration, it can be done in one visit without the drudgery of impressions, temporary crown and return visit.