CEREC® One-Visit Dentistry
What is CEREC?
Dentistry has truly entered the 21st century with CEREC. Also known as One Visit Dentistry, CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The CEREC system is a Computer Aided Design – Computer Assisted Manufacturing system, CAD-CAM, specifically designed to manufacture accurate dental restorations of the highest quality. CEREC allows dentists to take images without the need for impressions and placement without the need for temporary replacements.
In addition to eliminating the need for temporary restorations or impressions, CEREC offers a range of advantages including:
- Bio-compatible ceramics
- Durable and long lasting
- Outstanding quality
- Protection and preservation of the tooth structural integrity
- Single appointment procedure
Dental Restorations from CEREC
Many dental restorations typically require one or more visit, depending on the procedure. With the CEREC system, our staff can complete dental restorations in just one visit. For fillings, we remove the decay and old filling material. Then, the individual ceramic is fit exactly. With crowns, patients do not require temporary crowns, impressions, and or a second injection. Veneers can restore malpositioned and discolored teeth. While adjusting your tooth, we will bond a thin layer of CEREC manufactured porcelain securely to your tooth.
The CEREC System
With CEREC 3-D, the procedure is complete in a single appointment, start to finish.
First, Dr. Brown or Dr. Vaughn will examine your tooth and determine the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, inlay/onlay, or full crown. This will depend on how much healthy tooth structure remains.
After your exam, we prepare your tooth for the restoration, removing tooth tissue that has decay or weakened. This preparation is just like we would do for many other restorative techniques.
Then, we take an optical 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, we coat your tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder.
After, a camera takes a digital picture of your tooth. The whole optical impression process only takes a minute or two.
Next, the CEREC computer helps us create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3-D software takes the digital picture using a handheld scanner. The pictures convert into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. We then use our dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC computer program.
Within a few minutes, the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. We then place a high-quality ceramic block that matches your tooth shade in the milling machine.
About 10 – 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is complete and ready to bond to your tooth. Finally, we try the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. Dr. Brown or Dr. Vaughn will polish and bond the restoration to the tooth. Your tooth is restored with no “temporary” or return trip necessary.
Caring for CEREC
After the appointment patients can return their regular activities. CEREC restorations do not require any special care. However, proper oral hygiene will increase the longevity of the restored tooth. Patients may experience temporary sensitivity. This should subside but we recommend staying away from extreme temperatures for a short time.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Brown has been approved by Sirona and Patterson Dental as an instructor for CEREC CAD/CAM training. He regularly teaches other dentists this technique and is a national speaker for Sirona on CEREC Connect. If you would like to learn more about the CEREC system, please call (321) 372-7700 to schedule a consultation at Implant Dentistry of Florida in Melbourne, FL.