The CEREC Procedure
Let’s face it; very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do exactly that — “fill” a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure.
In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can break down. Thus, weakening the tooth, while getting additional decay under, or around it.
CEREC is a method used by dentists worldwide, not only to replace these fillings but also to restore 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.
Exam and Preparation for CEREC
First, Dr. Moore or Dr. Phillips will examine the tooth and determine the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining.
Next, he or she administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth structure. This preparation is just like he or she would do for many other restorative techniques.
Then, 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.