No Messy Impressions.
One Easy Appointment.
CEREC is a revolutionary technology that Dr. Thomas uses to make crowns and other restorations in just one visit. With CEREC, your crowns can be made in about an hour. CEREC also utilizes an intra-oral camera that makes digital impressions, enabling you to avoid a mouthful of impression material. Since this is a one visit procedure, you will not have to wear a temporary crown for several weeks. You will ieave with your permanent restoration at the end of the appointment!
CEREC is an Acronym:
- Chairside: The technology is located in the treatment room and used while you are in the chair.
- Economical: The treatment is cost effective for both dentist and patient.
- Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength.
- Esthetic: The materials used are metal-free and tooth-colored.
- Ceramic: The restorations are made from high-strength ceramics.
Exam and Preparation
Few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. In many cases those fillings are made of metal material that can deteriorate, decay and weaken the tooth. Dr. Thomas will evaluate your tooth and determine the appropriate treatment. It could be an inlay, onlay, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining. Next, he will administer anesthetic and remove the decayed or weakened tooth tissue. Once the decay has been removed, the tooth is ready for an impression.
Optical Impression with the Cerec Acquisition Unit
Dr. Thomas will then use the Omnicam to scan a Digital 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, the Omnicam takes seconds to digitally image your tooth. The CEREC Software converts the digital picture to a three-dimensional virtual model of your tooth. Dr. Thomas and his team then designs your restoration right on the screen while you watch. Once Dr. Thomas has approved your restoration (in just a couple of minutes), the data is transmitted to the CEREC Milling Unit.
No Temporaries with the Cerec Milling Unit
Dr. Thomas will select a ceramic block that matches the shade of your tooth and place it in the CEREC Milling Unit. The data from the Acquisition Unit is used to direct two diamond-coated burs or carbide burs to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration in approx. 8-12 minutes.. Next, depending on the material used, the restoration will be either 1) polished only or 2) placed in a ceramic oven for approx. 12-15 minutes, then polished. Afterwards, your tooth is restored and you’re ready to get on with the rest of your day!