Cerec: Single Visit Dentistry

CEREC – one visit dentistry
Tooth decay is a major dental problem that many people encounter at some stage of their life. Dentists worldwide use different types of restorations to stop decay and make your teeth functioning again. You may get fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns, or veneers depending upon damage that has been done. However, these procedures may seem troublesome and time consuming, and may involve multiple appointments, uncomfortable impressions, and extensive laboratory workup. CEREC is what you need if you are looking for an effective, fast, and aesthetic solution.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is an advanced CAD/CAM (computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacture) dentistry procedure that enables your dentist to construct and insert high-quality ceramic restoration in a single visit. It does not require long labside work and multiple appointments.

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of aEsthetic Ceramics.
Chairside: Procedure is carried out while you are seated in the dental chair.
Economical: Usually completed within the one-visit
Restoration: Appearance and function of your tooth is restored.
Aesthetic: Superior aesthetics as the ceramic used is tooth-coloured and metal-free. Ceramics: Dental ceramics, also called ‘porcelain’, is a dental material used in CEREC restorations.

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Who would Benefit?

CEREC can be used to build
• Fillings
• Inlays (indirect fillings)
• Onlays (partial crowns)
• Crowns (artificial teeth)
• Veneers (a thin layer placed on a tooth)

Why should you go for CEREC?

There are several good reasons why you should prefer CEREC over older types of restoration such as fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns, and veneers:

• Less time consuming as the complete procedure is carried out in a single visit
• Aesthetically more pleasing because tooth-coloured material is used.
• Impression is taken digitally, alleviating the need for uncomfortable
bulky impression trays which may cause you to gag.
• Fewer chances of failure as compared to amalgam and composite restorations.
• No laboratory work, trials, and follow-up sessions needed.
• Fits well and feels more like natural teeth.

Let’s see the difference with CEREC visually, and it will be easy to understand and
appreciate what a great technology this is, and the amazing results it produces.

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The Equipment

CEREC is an assembly of
• An intraoral camera
• A medical grade computer with the designing software

• A milling machine

Intraoral Camera
The latest-technology intraoral camera is used to take digital impressions of the teeth being restored.

CEREC Software

CEREC software creates a virtual, 3-dimensional model of the teeth from the digital impressions taken by the intraoral camera.

A milling machine manufactures the desired restoration from a tooth-colored ceramic block.

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What will happen during the Procedure?

The procedure involves
• Tooth preparation
• Digital impression
• Designing restoration using CAD/CAM technique • Milling
• Finishing
• Insertion

Tooth Preparation

First of all, your dentist will prepare your tooth/teeth which are to receive CEREC restoration. This includes removal of decayed tooth structure or faulty fillings, if any.

Digital Impression

An intraoral camera is used to take impression of the prepared teeth, opposing teeth, and patient bite.

Designing the Restoration

A 3-dimensional model of your teeth is made by the CEREC software on basis of digital impression taken by the camera. Your restoration is designed by your dentist on the computer screen right in front of you while you wait and watch.

Your designed restoration is then sent to the milling unit through a wireless radio signal.

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A high-quality ceramic block is inserted in the milling machine after being successfully matched with the natural shade of your teeth. The milling machine contains two diamond-coated milling burs. These burs carve the ceramic block to desired shape of the restoration in just about 6 to 15 minutes.


Your dentist may give final touches to your restoration by polishing or glazing it.


You get your restoration on the same day, in an hour or so. Your restoration is easily cemented to your tooth, and that’s it.

Want to give CEREC a try? Book an appointment and we will take it from there!

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