CEREC - One-Visit All-Porcelain Restorations
Technology today is changing our
everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting
ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less
discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC® 3D, allows dentists to
quickly restore damaged teeth in one visit with natural -colored ceramic fillings, saving patients
time and inconvenience.
What is CEREC® 3D?
CEREC® 3D was initially a word made up to describe in German (where CEREC was developed by the Siemens Corporation
which spun it off to outside investors and who took the name Sirona Corporation) CEramic
REConstruction of natural tooth structure. Other more entrepreneurial marking types
reclassified it as an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic
Ceramics. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment
using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.
one visit crowns, veneers and onlays
with no “temporaries” to fall off and no second visit -- think of the time, local anesthetic needles and pain this
With no second visit there
- No second trip to my
- No second visit shot to numb
- No second uncovering of the
prepared tooth structure, and
- No second visit trauma to the
tooth from exposing, cleaning off temporary cement and irritating the pulp and nerve tissue a second time
for permanent cementation.
All of which may increase long term tooth sensitivity, which we saw with the two visit crown procedure when an
outside lab is used. Then we would prepare the tooth, make an impression with that gloppy impression
material in the big tray and cement a temporary on the tooth during the first visit. The impression would
go to the outside lab, where a group of technicians would make the crown. When the crown returned from the
lab, and sometimes there were delays and the need to reschedule the second visit, you would have to come in,
get injected again and the crown would be fit and then permanently cemented.
How does the instrument
CEREC® 3D uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing)
technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special
camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed
on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes
over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new
restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process of design and milling the
restoration takes about one hour.
What does this innovation mean
for a patient?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver-mercury fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural
-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque resistant. Dentists no longer need to
create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has
of Procedures Can It Perform?
- Partial Crowns
- Complete Crowns
- Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
-- which preserve healthy tooth structures
- Porcelain Veneers or Laminates
What Are the Advantages CEREC®
- The dentist performs the restoration in a single session, usually in about one-two hour(s).
- No need for the dentist to make an impression and send it out to a lab that is out of the dental
- No return visits for the patient.
- The restoration is natural looking, as it is made out of tooth-colored ceramic material.
- Ceramic material is biocompatible, high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant.
- Metal-free -- no silver-colored fillings.
- Allows dentist to save more of the healthy tooth.
- Extremely precise.
CEREC® 3D has over a decade of
clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The thousands of CEREC® Vita Porcelain restorations
have been proven precise, safe and effective and now there are more options with the introduction and use of other
porcelains with other esthetic properties. Now there are other manufactureres as well (Ivoclar and 3M) which have
years of research as well and provide a number of alternative materials to aid in the color match and wear
characteristics of the adjacent natural teeth.
If only David Letterman's dentist had CEREC then the following "rant"
might not have occurred.
David Letterman -- We have a solution for your
In this video clip, Dave talks About how his dentist approached
fixing his cracked tooth the old way ---
Visit CEREC 3D! David
Letterman had complained on his show that there should be some kind of technology that can do
a crown in one appointment now days! (After all he went for his routine medical check up and had coronary bypass
heart surgery the same day!)
Click on the Play Button to see David Letterman's Video Rant about his Teeth Problems
David cracked a tooth and went to his dentist who gave him "Novocain"
and drilled his tooth down to a peg for a crown. After biting on horrible stuff for the impression, the dentist
made a temporary that did not fit and then told him to come back in two weeks. After only a day the temporary fell
out and he still has to wait two more weeks for the lab to make his crown. In the end, he is left hoping the
crown would fit and come out all right.
Tony Danza Goes to Dr Mark Morin for a Smile Makeover for one of
his Deserving Viewers
Tony Danza’s staff selected a deserving school teacher and Dr. Mark Morin
used CEREC for an amazing smile makeover.
Many members of my office staff and I have taken several courses with
Dr. Mark Morin (in NY, NJ, CT and MI) and were very impressed with him. He has done over 17,000 CEREC
restorations and teaches other dentists to use CEREC technologies all over the country as well as in his state of
the art office that is also a regional training center for CEREC.
You can see the 5 minute clip by Clciking the Play button above.