Everything You Need to Know About CEREC Technology

From the BeginningCerecMachine_new2

In 1980, W. Mörmann and M. Brandestini developed a method of CAD/CAM dentistry (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) at the University of Zurich called CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction). This technology allowed for dentists to construct, produce, and insert ceramic restorations in a single appointment. Up until that time, dentists were required to take impressions of patients’ teeth and send them to a lab for construction, a process that took several weeks to complete.

How It Works

Through the use of methods like visible light scans, digital radiographs, or CT scans, your dentist takes a digital impression of your teeth and designs and manufactures the restoration on the computer. By using CEREC’s advanced design software and a milling machine, your restoration is produced according to your dentist’s prescription onsite. The chief benefit of this technology is the ability to receive a ceramic restoration in a single appointment, in addition to things like digital impressions being more comfortable than traditional ones and a reduction in the amount of follow-up work required.


Today, over 3 decades since its creation, CEREC continues to be the premier dental restoration technology. In fact, it is estimated that this unique system produces nearly 7 million restorations each year. The process of milling the ceramic restoration takes anywhere from 6-15 minutes, roughly, making it one of the fastest cosmetic services available.

CEREC for You

At Nate C. Lewis DDS, we offer the best services for all of your general, family, and cosmetic dentistry needs. We are one of the few dental offices that provide the unique CEREC restoration system as a cosmetic service, saving you time from having to wait for weeks to receive the crown and also preventing you from having to come back in for follow-up work. If you are considering cosmetic work, or if you simply want to know more about the CEREC system, call the office of Nate C. Lewis DDS at 801.572.3211 today!