Restorative Dentistry – CEREC 3

systemDr. Karla Carter is proud to provide CEREC 3 (Chair side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), a multi-instrument system that allows our dentists to create and implant custom-fit ceramic restorations in a single appointment.

The system consists of an infra red digital camera, a computer with 3D imaging software and a milling unit with diamond blades for quick, precise and highly detailed construction of restorations.

Developed by Sirona Dental Systems, Cerec 3 is the third model of the series, representing marked improvements in design and function over previous models.

How CEREC 3 technology works

Your dentist will prepare your tooth in the normal fashion before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point, instead of using a dental putty to take an impression of your tooth, she will take a digital picture using the Cerec 3 camera. Using CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, the Cerec 3 software converts this picture to a 3D virtual model of your prepared tooth. This image is used as a guide to design your new restoration.

Once the dentist is happy with the virtual tooth, the data is sent to an on-site Cerec 3 milling unit, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. These blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colors and are selected to match your surrounding teeth. The process usually takes less than 20 minutes. After the milling is finished, Dr. Karla will polish the filling or crown and bond it into place in your mouth.


There are several advantages to Cerec 3 over conventional laboratory-made restorations:

  • Single-Appointment Dental Care. With this system, you only need to visit your doctor’s office once, instead of the usual two or three visits required with conventional procedures.
  • Complete Control. Since restoration is designed and fabricated from start to finish by your dentist, she has complete control how it will look and fit. By contrast, a crown made in a lab is under control of a technician who has never seen the patient.
  • No temporary Restorations. Conventional restoration procedures require you to wear temporary restorations while the laboratory makes your new piece. Temporary restorations can fall or cause other problems. Cerec 3 eliminates this inconveniences since the results are immediate.
  • Fine Materials. Cerec 3 uses strong, tooth colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural beauty, strength and function. Not only do they look like the rest of your teeth, these materials closely match the composition of your natural tooth structure, allowing you to eat hot and cold foods without worrying about your tooth from cracking from the extreme temperatures.