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CEREC® Dental Restorations – Alhambra, CA

Regain Your Best Smile in Record Time

Traditionally, the process of receiving a new, personalized dental crown required at least two appointments – one for the impressions, and one for the placement of the finished restoration. Thankfully, CEREC® technology has dramatically transformed this procedure for the better! At Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra, we can now offer every stage of the treatment process over the course of a single visit, including all-digital impressions, in-house milling, and final adjustments to ensure long-lasting improvements. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about CEREC dental restorations in Alhambra, CA or schedule a visit.

Man with healthy smile

Why Choose Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra for CEREC® One Visit Restorations?

  • 100% Custom Results in Just One Appointment
  • All-Ceramic Materials For Premium Aesthetics
  • Team of Accomplished, Compassionate Dentists

How does the new CEREC® technology work?

CEREC milling unit crafting a dental restoration

The process starts with our dentists using a special camera that captures three-dimensional images of the tooth and adjacent teeth. Then, special software is used to create a custom design for the crown. With the click of a mouse, the software sends the design to the milling machine, which sculpts the tooth from a small block of very strong ceramic. Finally, we will bond the new restoration to the tooth. All of these steps are completed in one visit.

Why choose CEREC®?

CEREC® has definitely revolutionized the process of rebuilding teeth. It was designed with the patient’s needs in mind and to make this procedure as comfortable as possible. Some of its overall benefits include the following:

  • The metal-free, tooth-colored materials have a very natural look and feel.
  • The precise fit of the CEREC crown increases its longevity.
  • Impressions are handled digitally – no messy putty to worry about!
  • Patients don’t have to wear a temporary crown while waiting on the permanent version.

The CEREC® Process

Closeup of dental restoration during crafting process

CEREC® relies on state-of-the-art CAD-CAM technology to take patients through the process of designing, milling, and placing a brand-new dental crown. Here are the major steps you’ll experience:

Exam & Preparation

Dentist and patient looking at digital impressions

Before any treatment begins, our dentists will help you determine whether CEREC® is right for you. This depends on how much healthy tooth structure remains, as well as the severity of any damage. After reviewing all available options, the actual procedure begins with the administration of local anesthetic and the preparation of the tooth. We will remove any areas of decay and weakened enamel.

Digital Impressions

Dental team member capturing digital impressions

In order to create your entirely custom dental restoration, we’ll start by capturing a fully digital, 3D image of the tooth in question. The computer and the CEREC® software will convert this digital image into a fully realized virtual model that our dentists can then use for the crown’s design. You don’t have to sit still with a mouthful of putty in a tray any longer!

In-Office Milling

Dental team member using CEREC milling unit

Once the design of the new restoration is complete, it will be sent to our milling unit. This technology starts with a ceramic block that’s been corrected to match your smile’s natural shade. In just a few minutes, it will mill your ideal restoration to our exact specifications.

Restoration Placement

Model smile with dental crown in place

Once the restoration is complete, we’ll ensure that the overall fit is correct, as well as how it fits in with your bite. Once everyone feels confident about the final results, our doctors will polish it and permanently cement it into place. There’s no return trip needed, which saves you valuable money and time!