Ceramic Restorations (CEREC - Crowns and Onlays)

A crown or onlay protects and preserves your own tooth.

Sometimes a crown requires two visits: on the first visit, the tooth is prepared for the crown. An impression is taken of your teeth,  ceramic_crowns1and this impression is sent to a laboratory where your crown will be made. In the interim, you wear a temporary crown.

On your second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the durable porcelain crown is placed on your tooth.

In many situations today, a crown or onlay can be placed in a single appointment.

CEREC One-Visit Crowns

Cerec is a true porcelain filling or crown manufacturing system. The cerec system uses "computer assisted design-computer assisted maufacture" or "CAD-CAM" technology. Using Cerec technology requires extra training on the part of the dentist. All dentists at GB Dental are highly skilled in designing and manufacturing CEREC restorations.

Cerec restorations are milled from ceramic blocks to fit your tooth. With Cerec's CAD-CAM technology, the restoration is made on-site while you wait, thus eliminating the second appointment and the need for a temporary crown.

Why choose CEREC?

  • CEREC restorations protect and preserve your own tooth's structural integrity.
  • When you have lost a large portion of your natural tooth structure, sometimes filling material does not provide long term strength or durability.
  • Ceramics are bio-compatible.
  • Single appointment procedure.
  • No need for temporary crowns.
  • Perfect looks, comfort and quality.
  • Durability and strength.

Ceramic Reconstruction - a few simple steps

  • Decay and any old filling material is removed from your tooth.
  • A reflective powder layer is placed preparing your tooth for digital imaging.
  • A small camera is placed into your mouth and an optical 3D image if your tooth is aquired.
  • The restoration is created on the screen using the image data.
  • You have a "rest" in our waiting room for approximately 15-20 minutes (listen to our relaxing music, watch a movie or take advantage of our free Wi-Fi
  • While you rest, diamond coated instruments mill a ceramic block to create your "new tooth".
  • The restoration is polished and glazed.
  • The precise fitting restoration is then perfectly bonded to your tooth ensuring maximum strength and longevity.
  • Total treatment time is usually 1-1.5 hours.