sVery few of us have perfect teeth, free of fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and will need replacing over time from wear, decay underneath, cracks or weakened tooth structure. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years.* CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 to replace these fillings from any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it's done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth colored in a single appointment!
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.
- Protects and preserves your own tooth's structural integrity.
- Only one appointment.
- Perfect looks and quality
- Long lasting and durable Ceramic Porcelain
What is the procedure?
Exam and Preparation
Dr. Zembroski examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown or onlay depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining The tooth is prepared for the restoration. This preparation is just like we would do for many other restorative techniques.
A Digital Optical picture of the prepared tooth is taken. Instead of filling a tray with impression "goop" that hardens, a camera is used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole picture process only takes a few minutes.
Next, the CEREC machine helps 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. The design of the restoration is done using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes Dr. Zembroski 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 - 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Your tooth is restored with no "temporary" or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment!
Before & After