CEREC Technology


CEREC Acquisition Unit

The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera.  Dr. Fernandez uses the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth.  This picture is used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material is used for this "digital impression". The computer and CEREC 3D software converts the digital picture to a three dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. Dr. Fernandez then designs your restoration right on screen using the software.  This software can allow Dr. Fernandez with designing any single tooth restoration:  crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and veneers.  Once Dr. Fernandez has designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), he clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the CEREC Milling Unit.



CEREC Milling Unit

Dr. Fernandez selects a ceramic block that matches the shade of the tooth being repaired.  He then inserts the block into the Milling Unit. The data from the Acquisition Unit is used to direct two diamond coated burs to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration. This process usually takes 8 to 13 minutes depending on the size and type of restoration.  After the milling is finished, Dr. Fernandez glazes the finished filling or crown using an in office glazing oven and bonds it into place.



With CEREC technology, Dr. Fernandez can restore damaged teeth or enhance your smile with bio-compatible, tooth-colored materials in a single appointment.  This technology has a track record of almost 20 years, and more than 100 studies confirm the clinical excellence of the method.  Ask about CEREC today. 

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