Marlene Richardson, DMD
Abby Coyle, DMD
1485 Old Lebanon Road
Campbellsville, KY 42718
270-789-2155



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What is CEREC®

CEREC® is the unique CAD/CAM system for patient individual all-ceramic restorations in one single appointment.

What does CEREC mean? CEREC is an acronym...

  • Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
  • Economical:The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
  • Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
  • of Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
  • Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.

The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera. Your dentist 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. The computer and CEREC 3D software converts the digital picture to a three dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. Your dentist then designs your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist your dentist with designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and veneers.

Once your dentist has designed your restoration, she clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the CEREC Milling Unit.

Your dentist or dental assistant selects a ceramic block that matches the shade of the tooth being repaired. She 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, your dentist polishes the finished filling or crown and bonds it into place.

CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems