CEREC Technology for Tooth Restoration

Hoffman Dental offers our patients tooth-colored fillings and crowns, formed to exact tooth dimensions in a single office visit.

The new approach to tooth restoration is made possible by innovative CEREC® CAD/CAM technology that designs and mills a custom ceramic restoration in less than 10 minutes.

Restorations created using CEREC technology offer dental patients a long-lasting, esthetic alternative to silver or plastic fillings, crowns and veneers. Better yet, the patient can receive this smile-altering care in a shorter period of time.

With over 28 years of experience and over 28 million restorations placed with 95% long-term stability, CEREC is the right choice for fast, natural-looking, and durable inlays, onlays, veneers, and crowns.

The finely structured feldspar ceramic material is long-lasting and chip-resistant, it offers the same abrasion resistance of natural tooth enamel, and its pronounced translucency helps your restoration blend seamlessly with your own teeth.

The biocompatible ceramic material helps conserve your natural tooth tissue and the CEREC shade system helps us achieve near-perfect color matching for a natural-looking smile.

CEREC is fast because your custom-made restoration is designed and precisely milled right in our office, so the marginal fit and seal are superior to that of laboratory-fabricated restorations, and it only takes a few minutes from the initial scan to the final placement, so there is no need for a temporary crown.

Best of all, the unsurpassed longevity and reduced laboratory costs of the CEREC system make it a cost-effective alternative too!


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What is CEREC?

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.

How does the instrument work?

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist 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 dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.

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. Dentists 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. CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.


Partial and full crowns
All other single-tooth restorations (fillings, etc)
Provisional single units and bridges


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