CEREC is one of the extraordinary advancements in dental technology offered by Dr. Sean Moran. It stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and the system allows him to create custom-fit ceramic restorations in a single appointment.
Typically, the types of restorations performed with CEREC would require two appointments. The dentist would anesthetize the area before taking an impression of the tooth to be treated. The patient would then be fitted with a temporary restoration while the molds are sent to an outside dental lab for fabrication (a process that takes up to two weeks). At the second appointment the dentist would remove the temporary restoration and bond the permanent one into place.
During a CEREC procedure, Dr. Moran will first examine your teeth and determine the proper treatment, because CEREC can create several restorations for both functionality and cosmetic purposes. These include crowns, onlays, veneers, and fillings. Next, any damage or decay is removed and a special powder used to coat the tooth. This powder is scanned with a special camera, with a computer converting the data into a three-dimensional virtual image (called an optical impression). Dr. Moran will then use the CEREC to design the restoration, making fine adjustments for the unique contours of your bite. The CEREC machine then shapes the piece of ceramic right in our office. It is finished in minutes and can immediately be bonded into place on your teeth.
CEREC has done an unparalleled job of streamlining the process of creating this sort of restoration, and our patients have loved the fast turnaround. So for single-appointment restorations using the CEREC system, there is no better place in the San Francisco area than Sansome Dental. Please contact us for an appointment or for more information.