Dr. Smith designing a CEREC restoration
CEREC mill unit, which precision crafts each porcelain crown.
The beauty, strength and health of your teeth can be dramatically improved using restorative techniques such as CEREC porcelain, an advanced technique few other Grand Rapids dentists have the ability to offer.
CEREC refers to a computer-assisted design and milling system that crafts precise porcelain crowns and onlays in just one visit, with less drilling and grinding than typical restorations. The beauty of CEREC is that it is stronger, more natural-looking and more convenient than tooth restorations of the past.
CEREC stands for Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. As the name implies, these restorations offer the most conservative, life-like and convenient restorations available in dentistry today.
When I first heard of this concept I laughed. How could a camera measure a tooth 3-dimensionally and then design and mill a restoration with the accuracy of a high-quality lab? I now know that CEREC can do it even better and stronger than a lab!
In 1998, Northway Family Dentistry was the first office to implement this amazing technology in West Michigan. For years our office was employed to demonstrate and educate local dentists on CEREC. We have since placed more than 6,000 restorations with a success rate equal to that of gold crowns (the previous “gold” standard).
While the benefits of CEREC are numerous, the main reasons to choose CEREC are because it is:
To learn more, visit the links above, contact us today or request a consultation online. If you have a broken or damaged tooth and would like to discuss how CEREC could benefit you, we would be happy to make the best recommendation for your individual situation.