No Temporaries: Next, the CEREC® machine helps the Dentist create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC® 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen; the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 - 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place.
CEREC® is a method used by dentists to replace fillings, restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it's done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth colored in a single appointment! So, how does the CEREC® procedure work?
Exam and Preparation: The dentist examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment, preparation is made just like it would have been made for many other restorative techniques.
Optical Impression: A camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process only takes a minute or two.