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Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC®) has transformed how dentists can deliver crowns, onlays, inlays and veneers. Instead of waiting weeks for the cap after root canal therapy, you can have your crown delivered in the same visit as your procedure. The CEREC® machine creates a restoration in under an hour, and is ready to be placed perfectly inside your mouth without a second office visit. With CEREC® Dr. John Krell and Dr. Matt Guerre provide aesthetic and durable same day restorations at their Houston dental office.

How Does CEREC Work? 

CEREC® works by using a scan to make a digital impression of your teeth to fashion your restoration. Computer-assisted tools and a milling machine turn a piece of ceramic into the final product. The dental restoration comes out as strong as lab-generated restorations and color- matched to blend in with surrounding teeth. It will look just like a natural tooth and enhance the beauty of your smile. 

The design is processed and then sent to the milling machine, where the dentist inserts a cube of ceramic that matches your tooth shade. The milling machine will create the crown, veneer, inlay or onlay perfectly. Your dentist will prepare your tooth for placement, then make sure the dental restoration fits into the space before cementing it in place. 

The Proven Benefits of CEREC®

Restorations made by CEREC® are durable, especially for people who take care of their teeth. They will also ensure your bite is correct as it can fill gaps left by missing teeth. One of the greatest advantages of CEREC® is its minimally-invasive nature that saves as much natural tooth as possible in each procedure. Crowns, inlays and onlays, bridges, and other cosmetic dental restorations look just like real teeth, are permanent, and will enhance the natural beauty of your smile. Other benefits include: 

  • Less injections and discomfort
  • Fewer dental visits
  • Biocompatible solutions 

What are CEREC® Components?

The CEREC® System is called a CAD-CAM system. CAD-CAM spells out to Computer Assisted Design and Computer Assisted Milling. The CEREC® system has three major components:

  • Acquisition device: This device is home to a high-quality camera and a medical grade computer. The function of this unit is to photograph the prepared tooth. Three-dimensional images are created of the tooth on the screen, which the dentist uses to design the perfect ceramic restoration.
  • Three-dimensional CAD software: This software allows the dentist to examine the tooth from every angle. It is the closest possible thing to holding the tooth in the hands and rotating it.
  • Milling device: This unit actually manufactures the custom restoration from the specifications entered into the computer. A ceramic block that best resembles the existing tooth color is chosen and placed into the unit.  The milling device produces the restoration the dentist designed.

Contact your Houston CEREC® Dentist

John Krell, DDS & Matt Guerre, DDS are here to answer all of your CEREC® questions. Contact our Houston dental office to schedule a consultation and to find out if CEREC® cosmetic dental restorations are right for you.