We are proud to offer CEREC Restorations
CEREC, short for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or CEramic REConstruction, is a method of CAD/CAM dentistry developed by W. Mörmann and M. Brandestini at the University of Zurich in 1980 for creating dental restorations.
Using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing), dentists can design, construct, and manufacture ceramic restorations during a single office visit. Because they don’t take multiple visits to create, CEREC restorations are convenient and cost-efficient.
Although it has been around for many years, not every dentist practices CEREC restorations. There are only about 4,000 dentists in the U.S. and Canada currently offering these restorations. As a leader in technological dentistry, Salling & Tate has two, cutting-edge CEREC systems available for our patients.
- Most restorations can be completed in one visit
- Computer-aided design (CAD) to ensures the perfect fit
- More comfortable than traditional restorations
- Metal-free restoration materials
- Durable and long-lasting
- Looks and feels like natural teeth
Common Types of CEREC Restorations
CEREC restorations are an excellent way to preserve the integrity of your natural tooth, and are commonly used for:
- Crowns – This type of restoration covers your tooth and is often used to strengthen cracked or decayed teeth, restore broken teeth, finish a root canal, or for cosmetic purposes.
- Veneers – Designed to cover the front surface of a tooth, veneers are generally used for cosmetic reasons, but may also be used to restore broken or chipped teeth.
- Onlays – Often referred to as a partial crown, Onlays are used when a tooth is too damaged to support a filling but not damaged enough to require a crown.
How CEREC Procedures Work
The first step toward getting a CEREC restoration is to schedule an appointment with one of the dentists at Salling & Tate. When you come in for your visit, we’ll start by examining your teeth before deciding on the appropriate preparation method for your restoration.
The next step is to prepare your tooth for restoration before taking an optical impression (photo) of the treatment area. Next, the picture is converted into a 3D virtual model which is imported into our CEREC design software. The CEREC machine takes this image and creates a final restoration, which it then uses to carve the restoration material into the exact shape needed to meet your specifications.
Finally, your dentist will ensure your restoration is smooth and fits perfectly into your mouth before polishing it and bonding it to the treatment area. The entire process is quick, relatively painless, and will have you out the door with a brand new smile in just a couple of hours.
Caring for CEREC Restorations
You may notice some sensitivity for up to two weeks after your restoration is placed and bonded. This, along with mild pain when eating or drinking and hot/cold sensitivity, is normal and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. If you experience severe pain, your pain lasts for longer than two weeks, or you notice a sharp spot on your restoration, give us a call at 910-256-9040 to schedule a follow-up appointment.
In the long term, caring for your CEREC restorations is similar to how you care for your natural teeth. With a strict oral health routine, twice-daily brushing, and regular flossing, your restorations should stay clean and healthy for many years to come.