CEREC – Ceramic Reconstruction

At Howell Family Dentist, we take pride in our Ceramic Restoration technology, or CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) for short. CEREC is a dental restoration device that allows us to produce ceramic dental restoration using advanced computer software.

With our CEREC machine, your teeth can be restored in just one visit to our dental clinic. This is more efficient because in the past this kind of result required multiple visits. With the latest software and hardware updates, crowns, veneers, onlays, and inlays can be prepared using different types of ceramic material.

How does CEREC benefit me?

Single Appointment Dental Care:

Previously, dental restorative methods often required multiple visits to our dental clinic. Now, the CEREC machine that we have at Howell Family Dentist makes it possible to have your dental procedure finished in a single appointment. With CEREC, we are able to use strong, tooth-colored, ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural beauty, strength, and function.

Finest Dental Materials:

The materials we use at Howell Family Dentist for our ceramic reconstruction match the full composition of natural tooth structure. This means that when cold drinks or hot food is consumed, the restored tooth expands and contracts at almost the same rate as the natural tooth. Aside from that, the materials we use for our CEREC are chemically bonded to your teeth. This is important because it allows our dentists to save as much of the healthy tooth tissue as possible, while strengthening your teeth.

How does CEREC work?

Our CEREC machine takes a photograph of the cavity preparation and stores it as a three dimensional digital model. Our software is then used to restore the tooth’s shape, using comparisons with surrounding teeth. Our dentists then refine the model using our 3D software. When the model is complete, our milling machine carves the actual restoration out of a ceramic block, using diamond head cutters. After this step has been completed, the restoration is bonded to the tooth using a resin. It’s just that simple!