Technology today is changing our everyday lives.Many people, however, aren't aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways.Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results.One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC® , allows Drs. Mike & Errin DePalma to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.

What is CEREC®?
comes from the dental terminology, CEramic REConstruction. It means that Drs. Mike & Errin DePalma can conservatively restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that is strong, durable, and matches the natural color of other teeth. The process replaces the traditional "crown/cap" and allows a higher-quality, more natural replacement with material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel.

The proven technology behind CEREC®
CEREC®has over two decades of clinical research and practical experience to support the success of this technology. More than eight million restorations have been performed worldwide using CEREC® technology.

How does the technology work?
CEREC® uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. Drs. Mike & Errin DePalma uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the doctor then uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the doctor bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one-two hours.

What does this innovation mean for a patient?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. Drs. Mike & Errin DePalma no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.

Benefits of CEREC®

  • Single-visit convenience
  • Hi-tech accuracy for precise, long-lasting, natural looking results
  • Natural, tooth-colored restoration
  • Bio compatible, anti-abrasive and plaque resistant ceramic materials
  • Metal free – no silver-colored fillings
  • Preserves more healthy tooth material