CEREC

Annual Oral Health Section

With this technology, many dental treatment options are more convenient and less invasive than they have been in the past. 

 

What Is CEREC?

CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic, is a same-day dental treatment option that can restore your smile with the help of computer-aided design and manufacturing. With CEREC, dental restorations can be created in-office, reducing the amount of dentist visits you might have to make in order to have them fabricated and placed. It can be used to design and create crowns, inlays, onlays, fixed bridges, veneers, and other oral appliances.

 

How Does It Work? 

At your dentist’s office, after preparing your mouth, your dentist will use a CEREC intraoral scanner to take a digital impression of your mouth. They will then use computer design software to create your restoration that’s customized to your teeth and mouth. Following this, the design specifications will be sent to the equipment that crafts the restoration, which will then be placed in your mouth, adjusted as necessary, and bonded to your tooth. 

 

What Are the Benefits?

CEREC restorations are a custom, dentist-designed option that can be placed in just one dentist visit, but that isn’t the only factor that makes them a desirable choice. Other benefits include:

HEIGHTENED CONVENIENCE. Not only does in-office restoration design and creation expedite the process of having it placed in your mouth, but it also cuts back on the inconvenience of interim solutions, such as temporary crowns. In addition, it avoids the need for manual impressions to be taken at your dentist visit, which is a slower and less comfortable process than a digital scan.   

LESS INVASIVE. The CEREC system not only saves time, but it can also save more of your tooth. It’s less invasive than some other techniques and requires less drilling, which allows for better preservation of existing teeth. CEREC also offers an inlay/onlay option, which is a more conservative alternative to replacement with a crown. 

INCREASED ACCURACY. With CEREC’s fabrication process, your dentist maintains more control over the process, and it yields highly accurate results that fit more correctly in the mouth because dentists design it themselves with you.  

If you’re looking for smile restoration but are in search of not only a more convenient, but also less invasive treatment option, CEREC can be an excellent method of tooth replacement or preservation, whether you’re looking to restore function to your smile or simply restore its appearance.

 

Dr. James Fedusenko at The Good Dentist shares his expert opinion on CEREC