CEREC Crowns and Onlays

CEREC Crowns and Onlays:

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is a method of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing), dentistry developed by W. Mörmann and M. Brandestini at the University of Zurich in 1980 for creating dental restorations. Using CAD/CAM, this process allows dentists to construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations directly at the point of treatment (chairside) in a single appointment, rather than over multiple appointments with labside work in between.

At Donato Dental, we use CEREC to restore decayed teeth, replace or place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers, all in just one appointment.

Unlike other materials such as amalgam or gold, ceramic is more biocompatible and boasts tooth-like physical and aesthetic qualities.
In addition, digital impressions are more comfortable for patients than traditional impressions. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations, in only one visit.


What is CEREC 3D?

Once a tooth is prepared for a crown or onlay, an optical image of the preparation is taken instead of an impression. The image is processed by a computer and a restoration is designed by the dentist on a computer generated model which shows all images in 3 dimensions.

There are currently over 10,000 CEREC users world-wide and over 6 million restorations placed since its inception 15 years ago. The 3D version of CEREC which was introduced in 2013, has made it both easier and practical to incorporate this technology to practice since the amount of time required to design and fabricate a crown has been streamlined considerably.

With CEREC crowns and onlays, there are NO impressions, NO temporaries and NO second visits. Furthermore, the preparation requires less removal of tooth structure than conventional methods.

We save you time with CEREC.
Porcelain crowns fabricated in just one visit!

Once the design of the restoration is completed, the information is sent to a robotic milling unit which precisely mills out the crown or onlay out of a block of porcelain.

The imaging, designing and milling processes usually take about the same amount of time as it took to take an impression and make a temporary.

The finished restoration is then polished and cemented in place at the same appointment.