The CEREC Procedure

Let’s face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 to replace these 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 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 used 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 and in a single appointment!

Exam and Preparation

First, your Dentist 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 your Dentist. Next, he or she administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue.

Optical Impression

Then, your Dentist takes an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth. A camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process takes only a minute or two.

No Temporaries

Next, the CEREC machine helps the Dentist 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. Your Dentist then uses his or her dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program.  The restoration design data is transfered to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. A short time later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place.  The proper bite and fit are ensured, the restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no “temporary” or return trip. 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 the patient and dentist;
  • Restorations:    The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength;
  • Esthetic:             The result is an esthetically pleasing metal-free, tooth colored restoration;
  • Ceramic:            High-strength ceramics are used which resemble your natural tooth structure.