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CEREC® is one of the extraordinary advancements in dentistry technology offered by Dr. Chen. The system allows him to create custom-fit ceramic restorations in a single appointment, as opposed to sending molds to outside dental labs as was previously necessary. For high-quality, fast, single-appointment restorations using the CEREC® system, there is no better place in the Modesto, Empire, or Turlock areas than River Oaks Dental.
During your procedure, Dr. Chen will first examine your teeth and determine the proper treatment. CEREC® can create several restorations for both functionality and cosmetic purposes. These include crowns, onlays, veneers, and fillings. Next, any damage or decay will be removed and a special powder will be used to coat the tooth. A camera that detects the powder takes an optical impression, and a computer converts this data into a three-dimensional virtual image, allowing Dr. Chen to design the restoration. 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. Contact us for additional information on CEREC® in Modesto, Empire, and Turlock.
The procedure for placement of a CEREC restoration is very simple. The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. The doctor will then shape the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. The tooth is then sprayed with a very fine powder. This allows the digital camera to take an acceptable image. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D. This will allow the doctor to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the CEREC will mill the restoration. This step takes approximately 15 minutes. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, the doctor will place the restoration. The entire process should take just over an hour.