We have installed the CEREC® restoration equipment, which allows me to complete a ceramic tooth restoration chairside, using an optical impression of the damaged tooth, eliminating the traditionally uncomfortable and cumbersome process of taking a physical impression.
Further, the filling, crown or veneer is manufactured in my office while the patient waits, requiring no return visit. The milled restoration is extremely precise, very durable and made with bio-compatible tooth-colored material. In addition, the procedure allows me to treat patients more conservatively, as modern bonding techniques allow more healthy tooth structure to be saved.
CEREC is a high-tech device used to design and manufacture ceramic tooth restorations at the dental practice while the patient waits. The CEREC equipment comprises a digital infrared camera for obtaining an optical impression of the damaged tooth, 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to help the dentist design the ideal restoration for the clinical situation, and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) technology that uses two high-speed diamond burs to mill a precise restoration according to the CAD software specifications. The milling process is completed in less than 10 minutes and the entire restorative procedure is completed in a single appointment.