CEREC in Brookline, MA

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 just 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 go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. 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 top dentists to 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 in a single appointment! So, if you broke your tooth and you have and interview the next day, going on vacation, getting married or just don’t feel like walking around with half a tooth – no problem!! One visit – same day – and you are all back together!!

Exam and Preparation for CEREC

First, Dr. Whiteman examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and the clinical judgment of Dr. Whiteman. Next, he administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like he or she would do for many other restorative techniques.

Optical Impression

Then, Dr. Whiteman 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, he takes an optical impression using a dental wand like scanner. In addition to taking an optical impression of the prepared tooth, he scans your upper and lower arch and the way your teeth articulate. 

No Temporaries

Next, the CEREC machine helps Dr. Whiteman 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. Dr. Whiteman then uses his dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, Dr. Whiteman 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 minutes later, the mill is complete and Dr. Whiteman then applies his artistic touch to the restoration with MiYO – a liquid ceramic – that brings teeth to life. The crown (or restoration) is then baked in a ceramic oven. Once completed, it is 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! Ask us about CEREC today.

What is CEREC? CEREC is an acronym…

  • Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
  • Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
  • Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
  • Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
  • Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.

CEREC is an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist…in, out, and on with your busy life.

CEREC Acquisition Unit

The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera. Dr. Whiteman uses the camera to take a digital scans of your prepared tooth. These scans are used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC 3D software converts the digital picture to a three-dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. He then designs your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist him with designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and teeth veneers. Once Dr. Whiteman has designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), he  clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the CEREC Milling Unit.

CEREC Milling Unit

Either Dr. Whiteman or the dental assistant selects a ceramic block that matches the shade of the tooth being repaired. He or she then inserts the block into the Milling Unit. The data from the Acquisition Unit is used to direct two diamond-coated burs to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration. This process usually takes 8 to 18 minutes depending on the size and type of restoration. After the milling is finished, the ceramic is baked and then he polishes the finished restoration and bonds it into place.

CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems

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