The CEREC Procedure
Let’s face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that — “fill” a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. CEREC crowns and fillings are done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth-colored and usually completed in a single appointment!
Exam and Preparation
First, Dr. Fletcher examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, a full crown, or something in between – depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining. Next, Dr. Fletcher administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing old fillings or crowns and any decayed and weakened tooth structure.
Then, Dr. Fletcher takes a Digital Impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression “goop” that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, Dr. Fletcher uses a camera to take a digital picture of your teeth. The whole Optical Impression process takes only a minute or two.
Next, the CEREC machine helps the Dentist create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3D software receives the digital images and converts them into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Dr. Fletcher then uses his dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. At the click of a button the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 30 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Dr. Fletcher tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no temporary crown or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment! Ask us about CEREC today.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym…
- Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
- Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
- Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
- Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
- Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.
CEREC is an advanced dental restorative system that allows Dr. Fletcher to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the our office…in, out, and on with your busy life.
CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems