CEREC Restorations – Inlays, Onlays, Crowns

CEREC CAD-CAM Digital System

A dental restoration is used to restore a missing part of your tooth. Fillings can be placed directly in your mouth or fabricated at a dental laboratory before they are placed in the mouth.

Restorations made outside the mouth are indirect restorations. Common types of indirect restorations are inlays, onlays and crowns, and these typically require two visits.

However, with CEREC, you can receive highly accurate restorations in a single appointment.

CEREC Inlays, Onlays & Crowns

Tooth Fillings - Tooth Fillings - Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns
From left to right: Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns

Inlays are made to fit into a large cavity. Onlays are similar to inlays, except they also include the tooth cusp (the raised points on the top of a tooth).

On the other hand, crowns are “caps” that fit over an existing tooth, and covers everything visible above the gum.

These three restorations can be completed in one visit due to CEREC’s digital technology, which can create extremely precise and aesthetic ceramic restorations. Your dentist will discuss if you are suitable for this procedure.

Tooth Fillings - Tooth Fillings - Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns
From left to right: Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns

What is CEREC?

CEREC is a unique CAD (computer-aided design) / CAM (computer aided milling) system for individual all-ceramic restorations.

It helps to remove the need for a second appointment, and the discomfort of taking a traditional impression of your teeth.

A scanner is used to photograph images of your teeth. The images are then accessed via a computer to form a 3D image of your tooth, so we can meticulously design a restoration for you.

Our dentists will match the restorations to your original tooth colour, so that the ceramic restorations look like real teeth. They will also feel natural and help you regain function of your teeth (for chewing or speaking).

The end result is that you can treat your cavities, chipped teeth, or broken teeth in a faster and more comfortable process.

CEREC is a unique CAD (computer-aided design) / CAM (computer aided milling) system for individual all-ceramic restorations.

It helps to remove the need for a second appointment, and the discomfort of taking a traditional impression of your teeth.

A scanner is used to photograph images of your teeth. The images are then accessed via a computer to form a 3D image of your tooth, so we can meticulously design a restoration for you.

Our dentists will match the restorations to your original tooth colour, so that the ceramic restorations look like real teeth. They will also feel natural and help you regain function of your teeth (for chewing or speaking).

The end result is that you can treat your cavities, chipped teeth, or broken teeth in a faster and more comfortable process.

Benefits of CEREC technology

  • Digital impression instead of a traditional impression
  • Restoration can be done in one session instead of two
  • Temporary fillings and crowns are not required
  • Metal-free
  • Aesthetic (natural look and finish)
  • Durable and long-lasting

The Process of Getting CEREC Restorations

  1. The patient consults with the dentist, and the process is explained.
  2. The dentist removes decayed tissue / cleans the tooth cavity / removes defective fillings.
  3. The CEREC camera is used to scan a 3D image of the tooth. These images are transmitted to a computer.
  4. The restoration is designed via the CEREC software.
  5. The inlay, onlay or crown is then milled and manufactured in-clinic with our milling machine.
  6. Lastly, the dentist fits the inlay, onlay or crown to your tooth and bonds it.

Getting a well-made restoration ensures long-term satisfaction with its look and feel. If you have cavities or chipped or broken teeth, consult our friendly dentists today. We will work with you every step of the way to achieve the smile you desire.

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