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“I really appreciate Dr. Higgins and his staff investing in
the latest technology so that I can get better care.”
- Mark G. patient since 2014

CEREC CAD/CAM Technology

Innovation in dentistry has made tooth restoration easier, more convenient, more accurate and overall less worrisome for patients.

What is CEREC?

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CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. Translated, it means that I can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality bio-compatible ceramic material that matches the natural color of your other

 

How does the instrument work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. We use a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth.  This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the I use CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, I bond the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour, and crowns only about 2 ½ hours.

What does this innovation mean for a patient?

A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. In  most cases we no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated.  CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.

Technology is key for the best dental care so request an appointment now!