CEREC an acronym for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic is essentially a CAD/CAM machine that produces crowns (caps), veneers, inlays, and onlays right in our office.
The advantage of this machine to our patients is that we are now able to complete these different types of restorations in just one appointment. In the past, a patient would require two or even three appointments over periods of weeks to achieve a comparable result.
Another great advantage of the CEREC system is that the restoration is created based upon a digital picture taken of the tooth. No more messy, uncomfortable, and awful tasting impression material!
Laboratory testing has demonstrated that a CEREC restoration can last as long as or longer than one made of gold. Considering that gold has long been considered the most durable material for dental restorations this is quite a compliment for the CEREC system.