When you require a crown, inlay, or onlay, you usually need to make more than one visit to the dentist since the piece is created at an outside lab. Not anymore, thanks to the highly-advanced CEREC® system. Learn more about this revolutionary dental technology, and the next time you’re in for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry, find out if you may be a good candidate for CEREC®.

What Does “CEREC®” Mean And What Is The Process Like?

CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is a modern and convenient way to get a crown, inlay, or onlay in just one visit to the office. Traditionally, these procedures take more than one trip to complete.

We can create your CEREC® restorative piece right here in the office, allowing you to go home that same day completely repaired. We take high-definition images of your teeth and the computerized information is transferred to the CEREC® machine that makes an impression and the restoration in the office. No outside laboratory is required, so that means you needn’t return for a second visit for placement of the restoration. This is more economical overall as well. 

We prep and clean the affected tooth before taking the impressions, then it is covered with a special powder to help take an accurate image. This will be pain-free and considerably comfortable. The tooth will be cleared off as you await the restoration, which takes a short time. Once the machine has created the restoration, it is cleaned and polished, then bonded securely and permanently to the affected tooth. Any healthy portion of the tooth will be uncompromised, as will the nearby surrounding teeth. 

What Is The CEREC® Crown, Inlay, Or Onlay Made Of?

CEREC® is made from a solid block of bonded ceramic or porcelain. No metals are used. This makes the restorations stronger and longer lasting and look more natural, closer to the color of your natural tooth. A large block of the material is milled and refined to create the unique shape that is required for your particular dental work. 

How Do I Care For My CEREC® Restoration?

Once your CEREC® restoration is bonded and shaped to match your bite, you’re good to go. Treat it as you would your natural teeth, with proper brushing and flossing, good overall oral hygiene, and regular checkups at Advanced Dentistry.