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CEREC One-Visit Dentistry in Sunnyvale

Couple with healthy smilesDental restorations have been revolutionized with CEREC, or the chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. In the past, crowns, onlays, inlays, and veneers required multiple procedures with at least two weeks of waiting in between. But now, your Sunnyvale dentist can create your new restoration within a matter of minutes, all from the comfort of our office. Many restorative treatments can now be performed in just one visit.

CEREC uses computer-assisted design tools with an in-office milling machine to create customized, natural-looking restorations in a single dental appointment. The software allows for full customization, meaning it’s ready immediately and fits just like it should. One-visit dentistry is especially valuable for people who don’t have time or dread visiting the dentist, and it can also reduce the overall cost of dental work.

Numerous Benefits of CEREC

Most patients who need a ceramic restorative treatment — like a crown, veneer, inlay, or onlay — can benefit from the efficiency of CEREC technology. However, people who have a history of breaking ceramic restorations or patients who have a deep bite may require an alternative approach.

Some of the most notable advantages of CEREC restorations include…

  • No need for flimsy temporary restorations
  • Made from the natural-looking, high-quality ceramic
  • Minimally invasive
  • Fewer injections required
  • Completed in just one visit to our office
  • The most cost effective
  • Leaves more of your natural tooth structure intact
  • Long-lasting
  • Biocompatible

How CEREC Works

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacture) technology and is made of three major components.

  • Acquisition device: Here, a high-quality camera and computer is used to photograph a tooth that has been prepared to receive the restoration. With the acquisition device, three-dimensional images are transferred onto the screen, which your dentist will use to craft the personalized restoration.
  • CAD software: Your dentist will use this three-dimensional image to get a thorough look at the tooth from every angle. It helps us come very close to holding the tooth up close, allowing your dentist to draft an accurate blueprint for your new restoration.
  • In-house milling machine: With our in-house unit, we can manufacture your custom crown, inlay, onlay, or veneer while you wait. The machine uses your precise specifications to mill a beautiful restoration from a single block of dental porcelain. It will be ready within a matter of minutes — no bad-tasting or gag-inducing impressions or time spent waiting is required.

The Procedure

First, your dentist will prepare the affected tooth, removing decay and shaping the tooth to be wider at the base. Then we’ll take digital impressions which will be transferred to a computer screen. With the image, your dentist will design your new restoration to your specific measurements. The completed design is transmitted to the milling unit, which we will have prepared with a block of porcelain that matches your tooth enamel precisely.

It only takes the milling machine about 15 minutes to craft your new restoration, and it will be stronger than what we typically get from a dental lab.

Before final placement, we will ensure the restoration fits just like it should. Then, we’ll polish and affix it to the prepared tooth. And that’s it — your new smile is ready, no follow-up appointments are needed!

Please contact us to discuss one-visit restorations in Sunnyvale, CA.