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The Cerec® Procedure
Cerec® is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 not only to replace fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened or broken to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it's done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth colored in a single appointment!
Exam and Preparation
Dr. Sreter, the well known Jerusalem dentist, will first examine the tooth and evaluate how much tooth structure has been damaged by tooth decay or fracture. Dr. Sreter will then determine the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and Dr. Sreter’s judgment.
Next, Dr. Sreter will administer an anesthetic and prepare your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just what Dr. Sreter would do for many other restorative techniques.
Then, Dr. Sreter makes an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression material that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, Dr. Sreter will coat the tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. A camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process only takes a minute or two.
The Cerec® 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen.
Next, the Cerec® machine helps Dr. Sreter 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. Dr. Sreter then uses his dental expertise to design the restoration using the Cerec® 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, Dr. Sreter clicks a button, and 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. Finally, Dr. Sreter checks the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no "temporary" or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment!
What is Cerec®? Cerec® is an acronym...
- Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
- Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
- Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
- Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
- Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.