Cerec Specialist

Virginia Dental Group PLLC

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Fairfax, VA

SOFT INTRO (50-100 words): The idea of a dental restoration is a tough pill to swallow when you start adding up how many visits it takes to achieve your dream smile, but thanks to CEREC® restorations, one visit is all it takes to get the results you want. Lida M. Vargas, DDS, at Virginia Dental Group PLLC in Fairfax, Virginia, offers CEREC restorations to patients seeking one-visit dental crowns, veneers, and inlays and onlays. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.


What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry refers to any dental treatment designed to transform your smile aesthetically and functionally. Some of the most common restorative procedures in dentistry include:

  • Veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Inlays and onlays

If you opt to take the traditional route for a restorative procedure, you need to set aside time to make at least two visits to Virginia Dental Group. During the first visit, your dentist takes X-rays and impressions of your mouth using a putty-like substance.

Next, your dentist fits you for a temporary crown, veneer, or inlay and onlay while you wait for your restoration to be created at a lab out of the office. At your second visit, the temporary restoration is removed and your permanent option is cemented into your mouth.

What are CEREC restorations?

While traditional dental restorations typically take at least two visits, often more, CEREC restorations use advanced dental technology to get you in and out of the office with your new smile in just one visit.

What makes CEREC different is its advanced scanning technology, which designs the restoration without the need for uncomfortable, messy impressions. Because CEREC is made up of computer-assisted design (CAD) tools and a milling machine, your dentist can create the perfect ceramic restoration for you in just a few hours.

Not only does this technology create fast restorations, but it also designs restorations that fit perfectly inside your mouth due to its 3D CAD software, which allows your dentist to view your teeth from every angle possible.

What can I expect from the CEREC process?

Your individual process depends entirely on the restoration you need. However, the first step of every CEREC restoration is to remove decay from your natural teeth and take a digital impression of your mouth using titanium dust, which allows the camera to take the most detailed photos possible.

Once the impressions are taken and your dentist has viewed your affected teeth from every angle, the design is transported to a milling unit, which fabricates your ceramic restoration with extreme precision in just 15 minutes.

Your dentist then fits the restoration to your teeth to ensure it’s perfect. If no adjustments are needed, the restoration is cemented into place. That’s it — no second visit is required for CEREC restorations.

To learn more about your CEREC restoration options, call Virginia Dental Group or book an appointment online today.