At Ocean Dental in Burnaby, we provide CEREC technology for your convenience. Imagine visiting the dentist and leaving your appointment with a custom restoration in place with just one visit.
If you have any questions about the CEREC process, please contact us and we can help!
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction (CEREC) is designed to create custom restorations in just one visit, eliminating the need to wear a temporary restoration for a few weeks. With CEREC, the entire restoration process takes one dental visit to complete. Your tooth is scanned by a computer, the restoration is designed, and then milled to completion before the anesthesia even wears off. With CEREC there's no need for us to make an impression and send it to a lab. We won't inconvenience you by asking you to return for a second visit.
The restoration is natural looking, because it is made of tooth-colored ceramic material. It's metal-free with no silver fillings to discolor your smile! The ceramic material is compatible with tissue in your mouth and is high-grade, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. It allows us to be extremely precise and save more of the healthy part of your tooth.
CEREC 3D (CEramic REConstruction 3D) uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating all together: a camera, a computer, and a milling machine.
First, your damaged tooth is prepared with a thin layer of reflective powder applied directly on the tooth’s surface area to be repaired. With a special camera, the dentist takes an optical impression of the damaged tooth, which is transferred to the computer and displayed on a colour screen. Your doctor will then use the CAD technology to design the restoration of your tooth. The CAM takes over the process and automatically creates the restoration. Using a high-speed diamond bur and a disk, the CAM mills the restoration out of a solid block of ceramic material into the desired shape. Once completed, the dentist will bond the new restoration to the surface of the old damaged tooth. The whole process takes approximately only one hour to complete.