The beauty of a CEREC restoration is just that -- its beauty. Unlike unsightly metal mercury amalgam dental fillings, CEREC restorations are made of tooth-colored ceramic (porcelain) so they look natural.
A CEREC procedure requires less time, less drilling and fewer injections, too. The ceramic material is much stronger than composite plastic fillings and can add strength to the tooth.
Here's how a typical CEREC procedure goes:
Exam and Preparation -- We examine your tooth, decide on the preparation method, and start prepping the tooth (removing the tooth decay).
Optical Impression -- An optical impression (picture) of the prepared tooth is taken. No gagging impressions needed!
Restoration Creation -- We use the CEREC machine to design and create the dental filling, dental crown or dental onlay right in the office!
After the restoration is milled out of the solid block of porcelain (10-15 minutes) it is polished and bonded to the tooth.