Your dentist takes 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, a camera is used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process takes only a minute or two.
Next, the CEREC machine helps Dr. McKinney create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. He then uses his dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, Dr. McKinney clicks a button, and the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 – 15 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is ready to try in. Your dentist tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite before hardening it in an oven. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no “temporary” or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment (only about 2-2.5 hours)! Ask us about CEREC today.
What is CEREC Used For?
CEREC is very versatile. CEREC can create any indirect restoration. An indirect restoration is one that is created outside of your mouth with stronger materials and with optimal contours. These include inlays, onlays, crowns, veneers, bridges, and implant crowns. Multiple teeth can be treated in the same visit.