CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology produces one-visit restorations for cosmetic and restorative dentistry patients who want to avoid multiple appointments, temporary restorations, and waiting weeks for their crown or porcelain veneers. CEREC® technology eliminates the need for traditional dental impressions and the assistance of a dental lab, allowing Dr. John Cross to complete all stages of the restoration process in our office during the span of one appointment. We care about providing patients with convenient, advanced treatment options, and that’s why we are proud to offer CEREC® at OC Lifesmiles. CEREC® can produce high quality, all-ceramic restorations, including veneers, crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays.
Benefits of CEREC® Technology
CEREC® technology offers our patients several significant benefits:
- Same day tooth preparation and restoration placement
- Crowns and restorations custom-crafted from precise 3D dental scans
- High quality, all-ceramic restorations
- Durable, natural-looking results
- Restorations that are virtually indistinguishable from lab-made products
The CEREC® Process
Our Orange County cosmetic dentist, John Cross, DDS, prepares the tooth needing a restoration by removing damaged tooth tissue or decay. He then takes digital impressions of the teeth through an infrared camera, which imports the impressions to the CEREC® 3D software. Using the planning software and images of your teeth, Dr. Cross designs your restoration in minutes. The design is sent to the milling unit – also located in our office – which crafts the custom restoration, while you wait comfortably in our office. When it is ready, Dr. Cross will place the restoration in your mouth and examine it for the fit and feel. Once any last minute adjustments have been made, you can walk out of our office with your fully completed restoration in place!
Frequently Asked Questions About CEREC® Restorations
Since it is such an exciting technology, patients sometimes have questions about CEREC® to better understand the treatment process and the results the system can produce. We would like to share answers to some of the most commonly asked questions here:
Q: Are CEREC® restorations as strong as lab-made restorations?
A: Yes, absolutely. CEREC® restorations are milled from some of the strongest, most durable, all-ceramic composite materials in dentistry. Sirona, the makers of CEREC®, and other ceramics companies offer a wide array of ceramic materials for use with the CEREC® system, giving dentists a vast assortment of options to choose from when creating restorations for their patients.
Q: Will my CEREC® restoration resemble a natural tooth?
A: Yes. The color of your new restoration will be precisely shade-matched to your existing tooth or surrounding teeth. Furthermore, the design and fit of your restoration is computer-generated using exact 3D images of your teeth and advanced software programs to create a natural shape and detail that blends in seamlessly with your smile.
Q: Do all dentists produce the same results using CEREC?
A: No. The training, skill, and experience the dentist has with the CEREC® system will have a tremendous influence on the results he or she is able to achieve. Dr. Cross has been extensively trained in all aspects of the CEREC® system, from capturing the most accurate digital images to designing, milling, and placing natural-looking restorations.
Contact OC Lifesmiles
For more information on our same day crowns and restorations, or to schedule an appointment, please contact OC Lifesmiles today.