WHAT IS CEREC?
CEREC is an Advanced Dental Restorative System used in our Surprise AZ location, that allows Dr. Vo to perform several different types of procedures in just one appointment, such as restoring decayed teeth, crowns, removing defective fillings and put in place cosmetic veneers. Resulting in the highest quality, lifelike dental restorative.
CEREC IS AN ACRONYM FOR
Chair side: Technology is in the dental apparatus and used while in the chair.
Economical: Procedures are economical for both Dr. Vo and the patient.
Restorations: This procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function and strength.
Esthetic: Restoration are metal free and tooth colored
Ceramic: High quality ceramics are used in close comparison to your natural structure
The CEREC Procedure
After examination by Dr. Vo to determine the appropriate treatment, you will be administered an anesthetic as they prepare your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth decay. Next, you will have an Optical impression of the prepared tooth, coating your tooth with a non toxic, tasteless powder. A mobile, medical grade computer camera is then used to take a digital picture.
This process takes just a minute or two. This procedure is easier, quicker and more convenient than the traditional “goop” impression that is used for you to bite into and kept in your mouth until hardened.
Next, Dr. Vo uses his expertise along with the CEREC 3D software, which converts the photo into a 3 dimensional virtual model on the computer screen, to create the restoration for your tooth. This portion of the process takes about 5 minutes and sometimes you are able to watch. Dr. Vo then selects the ceramic block that matches the shade of the tooth being repaired, inserts block into the milling unit, which uses two diamond coated burs to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration needed. Dr. Vo then polishes the finished filling or crown and bonds it into place. This final process usually takes 8-18 minutes, depending on the size and type of restoration.
CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems