CEREC Same-Day Crowns
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
This high-tech equipment can restore damaged teeth with beautiful custom ceramic crowns in a single visit, completely eliminating the need for multiple appointments over a several-week period. The process can create a ceramic dental crown, inlays, onlays or veneers using a variety of technologies like 3D photography and a computer-aided design and manufacturing process known as CAD/CAM.
An intraoral camera is used to photograph the tooth, and the picture is loaded onto the computer. Using Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology, the image is transformed into a three-dimensional model. This makes it possible to easily calculate appropriate restoration shape and size to create a near-perfect restoration. We then used computerized shade matching to match the color of the restoration to the color the patient's natural teeth. Old methods of shade matching can be inaccurate and inconsistent. The computerized system uses a small hand-held device that captures tooth hue to create precise color matches. This technology ensures that restorations match well and look natural. Just ask our patients — you won't notice a difference compared to your other teeth!
When the model is ready and the appropriate tooth color is selected, a milling machine creates the restoration using a high-speed diamond bur and calculated precision. The restoration is then bonded to the tooth using a resin material. The result is a beautiful restoration made to fit your mouth perfectly. CEREC crowns are metal-free and have been used for more than 20 years.