Custom Crowns

The CEREC2 and CEREC3 are high-tech instruments that helps restore damaged teeth. These CAD/CIM machines make beautiful crowns and inlays from solid blocks of ceramic. We can further customize these crowns to blend in perfectly with your own teeth.

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Above the current C-3 in Room 4

A crown can be made in 1 to 2 hours in one appointment. A very sophisticated infrared optical sensor takes the “impression” obtaining an accurate image of the prepared tooth. Then, the computer, with guidance from the operator, designs, and mills the crown or “filling”.

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Below the older C-2 in Room 2

What Is CEREC?

CEREC is a high-tech instrument that helps restore damaged teeth. It is a CAD/CIM machine that makes crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers from solid blocks of ceramic. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.

How Does CEREC Work? Below is a quick video describing the CEREC technique

First, Dr. Dantini prepares the damaged tooth for the proper restoration. After preparation a thin layer of non-reflective powder is sprayed directly on the tooth’s surface and surrounding tissue. Using a special camera, he then takes a picture of the tooth. With the CEREC system there is no need to take a messy impression with Polyvinyl Siloxane (gooey putty) and send it to a lab. Dr. Dantini works entirely from this photo, which is actually a pin-sharp optical impression of the tooth.

Next, Computer Aided Design technology helps Dr. Dantini design the restoration from the optical impression. The design is done chairside on a color monitor, and patients can watch Dr. Dantini design their new restoration right in front of their eyes!

Then, computer aided manufacturing creates the crown or inlay while the patient waits. The tooth is milled out of a solid block of ceramic material that matches the patient’s tooth color. Computer aided manufacturing uses a high-speed diamond bur and a disk simultaneously (the C-3 uses 2 diamond burs , no disk) to mill a precise restoration in about 18 minutes. The newly milled restoration is then bonded to the tooth with an adhesive.

What Kinds of Restorations Can the CEREC Perform?

Partial and full crowns, veneers and all other single-tooth restorations.

What Are the CEREC’s Advantages?

  • The restoration is placed in a single session, usually in less than two hours
  • There is no need to make an impression and send it to a lab
  • There are no return visits for final cementation or lost temporaries
  • The restoration is natural looking, because it is made from a tooth-colored ceramic material
  • Allows more of the healthy tooth to be saved
  • The ceramic material is biocompatible, high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant
  • The construction is metal-free.
  • The resulting restoration is extremely precise
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Is This a New Technology?

No.

CEREC has over a 20 years of clinical research and experience to support its technology.

To date, over twelve million restorations have been performed worldwide. However, it is only within the last decade that the technology in the United States has reached
wide acceptance.

If you would like to learn more about the history of CEREC technology please read