Single-Visit Custom Crowns and Onlays
with CEREC 3D

We see technology at work everywhere today and it’s no different in the field of dentistry. Patients today have the advantage of recent cutting-edge innovations with dental procedures and specialized instrumentation so they spend less time at the dentist with much less discomfort. One such innovation is an instrument called CEREC 3D. It allows the dentist to quickly restore your damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings and can be completed in a single visit, saving you time and the inconvenience of multiple visits with other procedures. 

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What is CEREC 3D?

Picture015CEREC 3D is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This process allows your dentist to restore any damaged teeth in a single appointment through the use of a high-quality ceramic material designed to match your natural tooth color.

How does the instrument work?

CEREC 3D uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer, and milling machine in one instrument. First, an image of the damaged tooth is taken with a special camera. That impression is then transferred and shown on a computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM (the manufacturing process) starts and creates the exact restoration needed. Finally, in a short period, your dentist then bonds that new restoration to the tooth’s surface area. From start to finish, the process takes roughly one hour.

Step 1

Patient showing older
style metal filling

Patient showing older style metal filling

Step 2

CAD/CAM images the damaged tooth providing the basis for your dentist to design a new restoration

CAD/CAM images the damaged tooth providing the basis for your dentist to design a new restoration

Step 3

The new restoration 
is created

The new restoration is created

Step 4

Patient after CEREC with custom tooth-colored restoration

Patient after CEREC with custom tooth-colored restoration

What are the benefits of using CEREC 3D?

For one, you can eliminate old silver fillings that discolor your smile. CEREC’s ceramic filling material is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. There is also no need for the creation of temporary fillings or impressions, nor the need to send the crown to an outside lab. A second visit is thereby eliminated.

Before

Single-Visit Custom Crowns and Onlays with CEREC 3D

Single-Visit Custom Crowns and Onlays with CEREC 3D

After

Single-Visit Custom Crowns and Onlays with CEREC 3D

Single-Visit Custom Crowns and Onlays with CEREC 3D

Beside saving time from unnecessary multiple dental visits, CEREC has these additional benefits:  

  • Ceramic material is biocompatible, high-grade, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant
  • Metal-free -- no silver-colored fillings
  • Allows your dentist to keep more of your healthy tooth
  • Extremely precise
  • Works for partial, full crowns, or single tooth restorations 

How has CEREC 3D been supported?

CEREC 3D has over a decade of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe, and effective.