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CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” and is a computer-aided design and manufacturing system for dentists. CEREC combines a camera, computer, and milling instrument into one machine allowing tooth restorations to be created in the dentist office, all within a single visit.

Not only does this eliminate both the long process of sending your tooth mold to an outside lab and living with a temporary crown, hundreds of studies show that the CEREC system is a safer and more effective way to restore your teeth than traditional methods.

The CEREC system is used to fix damaged or unsightly teeth. Whether you’re looking for a more radiant smile, or you’re teeth are decaying and need to be repaired, CEREC can help.

How CEREC works

CEREC uses advanced computer-aided design technology and software to create perfect, natural-looking restorations in just minutes. Thanks to this technology, visiting your dentist for a tooth restoration is a simple and non-invasive procedure.

Here’s how it works:

  • Your dentist will prepare your tooth for the restoration
  • The CEREC software takes a digital photo of the treatment area
  • The CEREC technology converts the image into a 3D virtual model
  • With input from the dentist, the software creates the final restoration
  • The CEREC mill precisely carves a ceramic block into the exact shape and specifications of your restoration
  • Once the dentist has ensured the restoration fits properly in your mouth, the restoration is polished and bonded to your tooth

This entire process takes no longer than 2 hours!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an introductory visit, please give our office a call at: (559) 637-0123.


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Inlays and Onlays are custom fillings, fabricated in a lab. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the Inlay or Onlays onto the tooth in an area that has been prepared by the dentist. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent future damage. An Inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the restoration can be placed right in the prepared area. An Onlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive, such as decay or a break in the tooth that involves one cusp or more. The decayed area of the tooth is first removed during the procedure. If the tooth is broken, the area is smoothed and shaped to better accept the Onlay. An impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to the lab. The restoration takes about 1-2 weeks to make, so a temporary Inlay or Onlay will be placed on the tooth during that time.

During the next visit, the Inlay or Onlay will be placed into the mouth and set with a cement. An Onlay is a conservative option for restoring a tooth where a crown might otherwise be required. Ask our team if this is a good option for you.


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