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By Dr. Thomas Morgan
September 16, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns   CEREC  

Restoration in One Simple Visit with CEREC

With new innovations in dentistry, many procedures are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying Dental Crowns results for patients and dentists. One breakthrough in dentistry is CEREC, which is an instrument that allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience. CEREC has two decades of clinical research and practical experience to support its success and more than eight million restorations performed worldwide. Let’s take a look at what CEREC is and how our Prior Lake cosmetic dentist can help.

How Does CEREC Work?

With the CEREC system, our cosmetic dentist in Prior Lake can create beautiful life-like porcelain restorations for your teeth. An infrared camera takes images of your tooth after shaping. A CAD CAM computer program immediately downloads the images of your teeth to create a three-dimensional virtual model that can be viewed and manipulated on the computer monitor.

CEREC, which stands for Ceramic Reconstruction, is a recent innovation that many cosmetic dentists are using to provide natural looking crowns faster than traditional crown procedures. This is a computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, or CAD-CAM, for the creation of your crown. This crown is created by a computer to fit your tooth perfectly. The computer aided technology eliminates the laboratory step in manufacturing your crown, which allows for your treatment to be completed in one visit.

Multiple Benefits in a Single Visit

CEREC brings a host of benefits to the restoration of your tooth, or teeth. One of the main benefits is that they can be created in a single visit, which saves time for you and your dentist. Potential discomfort is eliminated because there is no need for a temporary crown between procedures, which allows for a more comfortable experience. CEREC crowns also do not contain any metal, allowing them to be esthetically pleasing and natural looking.

CEREC crowns are also beneficial for your tooth restoration for these reasons:

  •     Less time is spent in the dental chair
  •     Hi-Tech accuracy
  •     Less tooth structure is lost in many cases
  •     Natural, tooth-colored restoration
  •     Less chance for complications with preservation of healthy tissue
  •     CEREC is environmentally friendly
  •     Precise for long-lasting results


A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings to discolor your smile. The filling with CEREC is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. Your dentist no longer needs to create temporaries or take impressions to send to the lab. CEREC restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.

 With CEREC, you can have a fully restored, natural-looking crown made in one simple visit without a messy impression, or the discomfort of temporary crowns. If you are in need of crowns, contact our dental office in Prior Lake for more information on how CEREC works and if it is a good solution for your smile. A proper consultation with our Prior Lake dental office will allow for accurate results and an appropriate treatment solution to enhance and restore your smile.