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In today’s fast-evolving world, technology is revolutionizing our daily lives, including the field of dentistry, bringing about remarkable changes that many may not yet realize. Advances in dental technology are significantly reducing the time patients spend in the dental chair, minimizing discomfort, and delivering pleasing outcomes. One of the forefront innovations in this domain is the CEREC system, which has transformed the way dental restorations are performed, offering a quick, efficient solution for damaged teeth with aesthetically pleasing results.

What is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. In essence, it enables dentists to efficiently repair damaged teeth in a single visit using high-quality ceramic materials that perfectly match the natural color of the patient’s teeth. This innovation not only saves time but also spares patients the inconvenience of multiple appointments.

The CEREC system employs CAD/CAM technology (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing), integrating a camera, computer, and milling machine into a single device. The process begins with the dentist capturing an accurate digital image of the damaged tooth using a special camera. This image, or optical impression, is then projected onto a color computer screen, where the dentist designs the restoration using CAD technology. Following the design phase, the CAM technology takes over, automatically fabricating the restoration on-site. Once completed, the dentist securely bonds the new restoration to the damaged tooth’s surface. The entire procedure can be completed in approximately one hour, making it an efficient option for patients.

This technological breakthrough means that patients can now enjoy tooth-colored restorations that blend seamlessly with their natural teeth, eliminating the need for visually unappealing silver fillings. The ceramic material used is not only aesthetically pleasing but also tissue-compatible, anti-abrasive, and resistant to plaque. Furthermore, the CEREC system eliminates the necessity for temporary restorations or the need to take impressions and send them off to a laboratory, thereby doing away with the traditional second visit. Supported by over a decade of clinical research, CEREC’s restorations are precise, safe, and effective.

At Giant Smiles Dental, we are excited to offer our patients this innovative dental restoration solution. Our commitment to incorporating the latest dental technologies like CEREC is part of our dedication to providing high-quality, efficient, and convenient dental care. Let us help you achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile with the comfort and convenience of CEREC technology.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is CEREC and How Does It Benefit Me?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It benefits patients by allowing for the quick restoration of damaged teeth with ceramic fillings that match the natural color of your teeth. This process is done in a single visit, saving you both time and the inconvenience of multiple dental appointments.

How Long Does a CEREC Procedure Take?

A CEREC procedure typically takes about one hour from start to finish. This includes taking a digital impression of your tooth, designing the restoration, milling the ceramic filling, and bonding it to your damaged tooth. This efficient process means you can leave the dental office with a restored tooth in just one visit.

Are CEREC Restorations Durable?

Yes, CEREC restorations are made of high-quality ceramic material that is durable, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. They are designed to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, providing a long-lasting solution. With proper care, CEREC restorations can last as long as traditional restorations.

Is the CEREC Procedure Painful?

The CEREC procedure is typically no more painful than other dental restoration procedures. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area, ensuring that you remain comfortable throughout the process. Many patients find the CEREC procedure to be less invasive and more comfortable than traditional restoration methods.

How Do I Know If I Am a Candidate for CEREC Restorations?

Most patients requiring dental restorations are good candidates for CEREC. This includes individuals needing fillings, crowns, onlays, or inlays. The best way to determine if CEREC is right for you is to consult with a dentist at Giant Smiles Dental. We will assess your specific needs and recommend the most effective treatment options for your situation.

At Giant Smiles Dental, we’re committed to leveraging the latest technologies to enhance your dental care experience. Should you have more questions about CEREC or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact us.


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