CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is a revolutionary system that allows your dentist to design, create and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit. This procedure would normally take up to three weeks.
How CEREC Technology Works
Dr. Markoff will prepare your tooth in the normal fashion before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point, instead of using dental putty to take an impression of your tooth, he will take a digital picture using the CEREC camera. Using CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, the CEREC software converts this picture to a 3-D virtual model of your prepared tooth. This image is used as a guide to design your new restoration.
Once Dr. Markoff is happy with the virtual tooth, the data is sent to an on-site CEREC milling unit, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. These blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colors and are selected to match your surrounding teeth. The process usually takes 45 to 90 minutes depending on the type of ceramic used. After the milling is finished, Dr. Markoff will polish the filling or crown and bond it into place in your mouth.
The Benefits of CEREC
There are several advantages to CEREC restorations over conventional laboratory-made restorations:
- Single-Appointment Dental Care With CEREC, you only need to visit the dentist’s office once, instead of the usual two or three visits required with conventional restoration procedures.
- Complete Control by Your Dentist Since the restoration is designed and fabricated from start to finish by Dr. Markoff, he has complete control over how it will look and fit. By contrast, a crown made in a laboratory is under the control of a technician who has never seen the patient.
- No Temporary Restorations Conventional restoration procedures require you to wear temporary restorations while the laboratory makes your new restoration. Temporary restorations can fall off or cause other problems. CEREC eliminates this inconvenience.
- Fine Materials CEREC uses strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. Not only do they look like the rest of your teeth, these materials closely match the composition of your natural tooth structure, allowing you to eat hot and cold foods without worrying about your tooth cracking from the extreme temperatures.