CEREC® is the acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. That means you can receive a natural-looking tooth restoration in the dental office in just one visit. What makes it possible?
How Does CEREC Work?
Dr. Finley has CEREC CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) technology in his office. The technology allows him to complete every phase of a crown in his office. During your visit, he will restore your tooth with a series of steps:
- Tapers your natural tooth in preparation for the dental crown
- Scans your teeth with a handheld digital camera to make a digital model of them
- Transfers the model to a ceramic milling machine
- Chooses a block of ceramic that closely matches the shade of your natural teeth and places it in the milling machine
- Directs the computer to craft the ceramic block into a precisely fitting crown
- Adds finishing touches to the crown to ensure it looks natural
- Places the restoration over your tooth and checks it for comfort and bite
- Bonds the crown to your tooth
When Are They Used?
Crowns protect teeth that are weak, badly worn, cracked, or decayed. If you want a fast natural-looking restoration, CEREC might be an option for you. Dr. Finley primarily places CEREC crowns on back teeth.
CEREC vs. Traditional Crowns
One visit – Preparing your tooth, taking digital impressions, and crafting the crown—the entire process is completed in our office, in one appointment. There is no need for an uncomfortable temporary crown, and your case won’t need to be sent to a dental laboratory.
No messy impression – Rather than mixing a paste that is placed in your mouth and given several minutes to set, your teeth are scanned with a hand-held camera, as shown in the photograph above.
Metal free – CEREC crowns are made of ceramic. If you have metal allergies or sensitivities, you don’t have to worry about irritation from a crown with a metal foundation.
Ceramic block – CEREC crowns are crafted from a single ceramic block—not from layers of porcelain as crowns made in a lab by a ceramist. Few dentists know how to make the crowns look natural. But highly skilled cosmetic dentists hand-finish them and use their artistic talent to manipulate, stain, and glaze CEREC crowns for natural-looking results.
How to Take Care of Your CEREC Crown
Care for them as you do your natural teeth.
- Brush twice daily
- Floss daily
- Avoid biting hard or sharp objects
- Keep your dental exam and hygiene appointments
Find out if a CEREC crown is an option for restoring your tooth. Request an appointment online or call us to schedule.