Willow Glen Dentistry is proud to offer CEREC procedures to patients in San Jose, California. CEREC is a combination of cutting-edge computer technology and dental methodology that allows your dentist to complete cosmetic procedures, such as tooth restorations, veneers, and crowns, in a single visit. Call (408) 293-9600 to schedule an appointment at Willow Glen Dentistry or book an appointment online to learn more about how these permanent solutions can help improve the look and feel of your smile once and for all.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is a dental restoration system and all-new method that Willow Glen Dentistry uses to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective fillings, or put veneers in place. The name is an acronym that stands for:

  • Chairside (used right in the Willow Glen Dentistry office)
  • Economical (affordable for dental patients)
  • Restorations (restores your teeth to their natural beauty, function, and strength)
  • Esthetic (uses tooth-colored restorations rather than metal)
  • Ceramic (uses high-strength ceramics that closely mimic the composition of your natural teeth)

What is involved in a CEREC procedure?

A CEREC procedure begins with your dentist examining your tooth to determine the appropriate treatment. Whether you need a simple filling or a full crown, CEREC can help restore the tooth. Your dentist administers an anesthetic and prepares the tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.

Next, your dentist takes an optical impression of your tooth. They use a non-toxic, tasteless powder to coat the tooth and then a camera to take a picture of the tooth, which together creates the impression. The whole process only takes a minute or two.

Finally, your dentist uses the CEREC machine to create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC machine uses 3D software to create a virtual model of your tooth on the computer screen. It can then produce an all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration that is ready to be bonded in place. Once the tooth is in place, your dentist polishes it, and you’re ready to go. There’s no need for you to make another trip to the office to replace a temporary restoration.

Is CEREC right for me?

CEREC procedures are a fast and effective way to take care of:

  • Inlay restorations
  • Onlay restorations
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Multiple restorations

With CEREC, all of these dental procedures, which used to take multiple visits to resolve, are now completed in a single visit. Plus, the results look and feel like your real teeth. CEREC is the perfect permanent solution for restoring the original strength of your teeth.

If you’re curious about how CEREC can help quickly resolve your dental issues or improve the look of your smile, book an appointment at Willow Glen Dentistry today.