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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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A porcelain veneer is an ultra-thin layer of ceramic material, which is placed over a tooth surface to create a new smile. This procedure requires a little anesthesia, and can be an ideal choice for teeth that appear too small or large, slightly discolored, or simply not cosmetically pleasing to the patient. For many patients, teeth may have been chipped, became discolored, or slightly cracked. For the majority of these patients, porcelain veneers can prove to be a perfect solution.

When placing porcelain veneers, we pay close attention to the patient’s surrounding teeth and the design of each veneer to complement the overall smile. Generally, only 0.3-0.7mm needs to be removed from the surface of your tooth. The veneer is then made and bonded to the tooth. The result is a beautiful and attractive new smile.

Procedure

The procedure begins with the preparation of the tooth. This entails removing the discolored or unsightly portion of the tooth and meticulously shaping the tooth in preparation for the new veneer. Once we have shaped the tooth, we will take an impression. The impression will be sent to a dental lab, where your new restoration will be made. Meanwhile, a temporary veneer is made out of plastic and place on the tooth. They are used to protect your tooth while the real veneer is being fabricated. At the second appointment, the temporary veneer will be removed and the porcelain veneer is bonded to your tooth. Although they are thin, porcelain veneers are much stronger than composite “bonding” veneers, so the risk of fracture compared to composite veneers is much less.

We’re smile experts. Let us know how can we help you. Call Reedley Family Dental for details.


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