CEREC CAD-CAM Technology
Extraordinary Dentisty / Exceptional Care
There are many ways to restore teeth. Often, if the problem is relatively small, a tooth colored white filling is bonded directly to the tooth enamel.
However, when a larger portion of the tooth is involved, an inlay, onlay, partial crown, or full crown may be indicated. These are all restorations that are fabricated outside of the mouth and then glued or bonded to the tooth. There are a variety of materials and techniques to accomplish these magnificent restorations, but Dr. Steve's favorite way is using CEREC technology. CEREC, an acronym for ceramic reconstruction, is a very sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system.
We’re very proud to have been in the first 3% of dentists within the U.S. who used CEREC technology. It allows us to be more conservative in our treatment and allows us to save more tooth structure.
Doctor Steve lectured on CEREC technology to students and faculty at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry for almost a decade. Thanks in part to Dr. Steve's enthusiasm and commitment, CEREC technology is now part of the UCSF Dental School curriculum.
How Does CEREC Work?
First, Dr. Steve prepares the damaged tooth by painting a thin layer of reflective powder directly on the tooth's surface. Using a special camera, he then takes a picture of the tooth.
Computer aided design technology helps the doctor design the restoration from the optical impression.
Then computer aided manufacturing mills the restoration from a ceramic block that matches the patient's tooth color. The milling process takes about 15 minutes. Finally, Dr. Steve bonds the newly milled restoration to the tooth using an adhesive.
What Kinds of Procedures Can It Perform?
- Partial and full crowns
- All other single-tooth restorations
What are the Advantages Cerec Offers?
- One visit restoration
- No impressions
- No temporaries
- Extremely precise results due to advanced computer technology
- Allows dentist to save more of the healthy tooth
- The restoration is natural looking because it is made of tooth-colored ceramic
- More durable than traditional lab-processed ceramics
- Metal and mercury free
- Ceramic material is biocompatible, high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant
- Bonds to enamel so well that the bond is stronger than the tooth itself
- No return visits for patient