CEREC®

Single-visit crown technology in St. Paul, MN!

Dr. Bob Maley Family Dentist is your local CEREC source for single-visit tooth restorations. Why go to the dentist a second time if you don't have to?

CEREC is a single-visit restoration system that makes your restored tooth stronger and more beautiful, all while keeping your smile looking just as nature intended. Each CEREC crown is made of a solid piece of ceramic and is completely metal-free.

Dr. Maley has been evaluating CEREC technology for more than 13 years. A careful adapter of new products and services, he waits until the technology develops to the point that it’s reliable, better for the patient than his current process, and of course, as affordable as possible. After attending training conferences and comparing the benefits with traditional crowns, he became convinced that the time has come to provide CEREC single-visit crowns to his patients.

The benefits of CEREC include:

  • Time: CEREC provides you in a single visit what used to take two weeks, two visits, and two numbing shots.
  • Strength: With the ability to preserve more tooth structure, CEREC crown preparations allows our dentists to keep more of what Mother Nature has provided, and that’s the strongest tooth structure there is.
  • Comfort: No more gagging on impression material. The CAD/CAM takes thousands of tiny pictures of the tooth site, the upper and lower jaw, and the bite registration and then stitches them together to allow us to design the crown. You can see your crown site and entire mouth in three-dimensions as we work.

The CEREC Process

During your appointment, our dentists will discuss with you the details of the procedure and answer any questions you may have. We will then apply a thin layer of reflective powder onto your tooth and will use a special 3D imaging camera to take a photo of your tooth. Using CEREC's proprietary software, your restoration will be designed according to your tooth's appropriate form and function. Then, CEREC will use diamond burs to create your restoration out of a solid block of ceramic. Finally, the ceramic restoration will be permanently bonded to your tooth.

CEREC hasn’t just improved our patients’ care; it’s made a difference in how our team approaches patient care, too! CEREC allows us to bring more artistry into the process, since we make each crown with our own tools and can refine the color, shape, and feel to match each patient’s smile exactly. Our entire team has been through extensive training in using CAD/CAM software, the milling machine, staining, glazing and smoothing the crowns, and using the oven to cure the materials.

What do patients think about CEREC?

“I’ve had several crowns done before and this process is much improved. Using the camera instead of standard impression material was much easier for me because I have a strong gag reflex. And getting it done in one day not only saved me time, but I didn’t have to worry about chewing carefully for a week or two while I waited for my permanent crown.” – Keith, Inver Grove Heights, MN