CAD/CAM Restorations in one visit!

When a tooth needs a restoration, we can often use CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology. We use this technology to custom-design and fabricate tooth-colored restorations, crowns, onlays, inlays, or veneers, all in one appointment. CAD/CAM restorations are often the best choice for a healthy, beautiful, and natural looking smile.

For the patients at our Walnut Creek CA dental office, we recommend CAD/CAM Restorations for the following reasons:

  • They are very accurate
  • Only a minimal amount of tooth preparation is needed, leaving more of the healthy tooth structure intact
  • They usually require only one appointment, even when we are working on more than one tooth
  • The restorations are made of tooth colored materials

The Procedure

The first step is to numb the area to make you comfortable. We remove any decay and shape the tooth with the handpiece. Next a reflective powder is applied to the prepared tooth. We then take a digital image, using a special optical infrared camera that records the tooth’s exact dimensions on the CAD/CAM computer. Using these images and the specialized computer software, we carefully design the restoration.

We then select the appropriate material in the matching shade for your specific tooth. This material is placed in the milling machine which shapes it into a custom-fitted restoration.

Next, it’s time to try in the new restoration. We add any custom coloring as needed, bond or cement the restoration in place, and polish it to a beautiful luster. Last, we check your bite and make any final adjustments. Once your treatment has been completed, you’ll walk away with a permanent restoration that virtually disappears as it blends into your smile.

When you choose a CEREC crown, your entire restoration can be completed and permanently bonded in just one dental visit, eliminating the need for a temporary crown or the inconvenience of a second appointment.

We welcome you to contact our dental office in Walnut Creek CA today to learn more about the technology that has revolutionized modern dentistry.