What are CEREC® same-day dental restorations?

CEREC® stands for ceramic reconstruction, which is a process involving a digital scan of the affected tooth, restoration design, and creation of the ceramic restoration--all during a single dental office visit at Moser Dental. Our office is up to date on the latest technologies, including digital X-rays and CEREC® same-day restorations. We are excited to offer this option to our patients, saving you time and energy by consolidating the restoration process into one simple appointment.

When are same-day restorations used?

Some of the same-day restorations that we are able to provide our patients using the CEREC® technology include:

  • Fillings
  • Veneers
  • Crowns

To learn more about your options for same-day restorations, contact our office today.

What do same-day dental restorations involve?

The CEREC® camera is a tool that is optimized for scanning the natural tooth by simply placing it directly over the affected area. Then, the scan will begin automatically. This scanning process is accurate, easy, and quicker than traditional modes for scanning, allowing your dentist to go through the process seamlessly during one appointment. Once the image is created, the actual restoration can be created immediately to match the image. With CEREC® same-day restorations, no second appointment is needed and you are able to leave with your mouth fully restored.

What are the benefits of same-day dental restorations?

  • Same-day results
  • Quick and easy
  • No second appointment needed
  • No bulky temporary crowns or temporary restorations
  • Precisely fitting restorations

The CEREC® Process

CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?

Exam and Preparation

Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.

Optical Impression

In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.

Milling Unit

This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.

Placing the Restoration

After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.

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