CEREC Treatment

What is CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic)?

CEREC is an advanced dental restoration system that allows Dr. Tracogna to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most realistic dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist. The state of the art CEREC system was developed in 1985 at the University of Zurich Switzerland by a dentist and his electrical engineer Dr. Werner Moremann and Markus Brandisti.


How is the CEREC Procedure Performed?

  • The defective filling and decay is removed. A reflective powder layer prepares the tooth for imaging.

  • An optical 3D image is acquired with a small camera, directly in your mouth.

  • The restoration is created on the screen using the image data.

  • Diamond-coated instruments; mill a ceramic block to reproduce the design.

  • This is accomplished during a single appointment using computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM).

  • After polishing the new restoration fits precisely.

  • The unique light hardens the bonding material, uniting porcelain and tooth.

  • Polishing or glazing ensures a pleasantly smooth and natural feel.

  • The colour and appearance make the special ceramic material blend with your teeth.

  • Perfectly bonded porcelain ensures an extremely long life for your teeth.

  • Maximum strength, great looks, natural results.


Digital Impressions

After examining the tooth and determining the best course of treatment to meet your needs, Dr. Tracogna will prepare your tooth for restoration, similarly to traditional treatment methods. Your prepared tooth will then be coated with a safe, tasteless powder. CEREC then uses a state of the art digital 3D camera to create an optical impression. This impression replaces the physical impression traditionally used for these procedures. No more long waits while a tray of impression material hardens in your mouth!

Milling Unit

Dr. Tracogna selects a ceramic block that matches the shade of the tooth being repaired. He then inserts the block into the Milling Unit. The data from the Acquisition Unit is used to direct two diamond-coated burs to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration. This process usually takes 8 to 18 minutes depending on the size and type of restoration. After the milling is finished, Dr. Tracogna polishes the finished filling or crown and bonds it into place. With CEREC technology, Dr. Tracogna can restore damaged teeth or enhance your smile with bio-compatible, tooth-coloured materials in a single appointment. This technology has a track record of over 25 years, and more than 100 studies confirm the clinical excellence of the method. Ask us about CEREC today.

Computer-Aided Design

State of the art CAD software allows Dr. Tracogna to design every precise detail of your restoration with the accuracy you've come to expect from us. The software allows us to customize the shape of the restoration to exactly fit your specific clinical needs.

Mill and Place

While you wait, exact design specifications are used in the milling machine on-site to create the restoration. About 15 minutes later, your all-ceramic colour-matched restoration is then fitted, polished, and bonded for permanent placement. Your tooth is restored back to its natural form, function, and beauty.

CEREC Acquisition Unit

The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera. Dr. Tracogna uses the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth. This picture is used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC 3D software converts the digital picture to a three dimensional virtual model of your prepared tooth. Dr. Tracogna then designs your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist him in designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlay (partial crowns), and veneers. Once Dr. Tracogna has designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), he clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the CEREC Milling Unit.


Single visit convenience; no temporary restoration.

No impression trays.

Beautiful aesthetics - with colour matched ceramic that is stronger than a traditional plastic white filling.

Natural-looking smile.

Clinically proven - millions of successful restorations worldwide.