The CEREC Procedure
Let's face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that - "fill" a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years. CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 not only to replace these fillings, but also to 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!
Exam and Preparation
First, Dr. Murphy examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and clinical judgment. Next, Dr. Murphy prepares your tooth like he would for any other restoration.
After your tooth has been prepared Dr. Murphy takes an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth, creating a 3D digital picture of your tooth. The CEREC 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Dr. Murphy then designs the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. The design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office and your crown is fabricated. Once the restoration has been fabricated, Dr. Murphy will make any adjustments needed to your bite, and cement your restoration at the same appointment. Your tooth is restored with no "temporary" or return trip necessary.