CEREC CAD/CAM Restorations

          CEREC   |  Veneers   |   Crowns   |   Inlays and Onlays




The first office in the City of Buffalo to employ this technology, Dr. Wood is proud to present CEREC, one of the greatest advancements in modern dentistry. The computer CAD/CAM equipment allows us to construct custom designed tooth-restorations in just one appointment. There's no need for impressions taken with gooey material, you don't have to wear a temporary and because the process is so precise, you conserve a greater portion of your natural tooth. Dr. Wood has been a CEREC practitioner since 2002.

How does it work?

CAD/CAM MachineOnce your tooth has been prepared, a special computer will take optical impressions and transfers the exact specifications to a computer, which then designs a precise restoration customized specifically for your mouth. This revolutionary technology allows you to see the design as it is being created. The CEREC computer then manufactures the solid, one-piece restoration. We will then bond it to your tooth. The entire procedure usually takes between 60-70 minutes.

What is it made of?

Before Cerec TreatmentWe use a tooth-colored ceramic so we can maintain the natural beauty of your smile. Even on close inspection, you cannot distinguish the restoration from your natural teeth. In addition to its aesthetic abilities, they are very strong and durable, actually restoring a tooth to 103% of its original strength. Porcelain restorations also allow the patient to keep more of the natural tooth structure. This advanced technology offers patients an aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting alternative to mercury amalgam filings. For more information on mercury fillings, check out our Mercury Controversy page.

After Cerec TreatmentThe CEREC restoration is the pinnacle of dental restoration technology, allowing us to perform complex procedures quickly, precisely, efficiently—and with stunningly beautiful results. In the future, most offices will offer this incredible technology. At Wood Dental Associates, THE FUTURE IS NOW!


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VeneersA veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is applied to the surface of the tooth to make the tooth appear perfect in shape, position and color. In some situations, the lip can become fuller and a balance can be obtained by having veneers placed on your four or six front teeth.

Veneers are closely matched to the color of your natural teeth and do not require the removal of much tooth structure. Using our CEREC technology, veneers can normally be performed in just one visit. For more complex procedures, veneers are fabricated in a dental laboratory from an impression taken in the office and can take two or more office visits. The veneers are cemented directly to the front surface of your teeth and polished to reveal a natural, aesthetically pleasing smile. Veneers can keep your smile looking naturally beautiful for up to 15 years.

Before Veneers
Before Veneers

After Veneers
After Veneers

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Crown Treatment - Phase 1Crowns are like veneers in that they are bonded to the individual teeth. The difference is crowns actually cover the entire tooth on all sides to help correct any tooth alignment problems. Crowns are used to restore teeth that have had root canals, experienced severe decay or extreme malposition.

Crown Treatment - Phase 2Crowns are made of either ceramic or both ceramic and metal, and are specially designed to closely match the color of your natural teeth. At Wood Dental, we use the revolutionary CEREC technology, which allows us to place crowns in less than an hour. In more complex cases, it is possible that multiple appointments may be needed to ensure the most optimal results are achieved. If this is the case, a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth, allowing you to maintain your appearance and function of your smile until your permanent crown is fabricated in a laboratory.

Crown Treatment - Phase 3To help create better connecting surfaces for fixed bridges and partial dentures, crowns are normally added to existing teeth. Meticulous oral hygiene habits are required to maintain the longevity of the restoration. Depending on the placement and forces applied to them, crowns are considered the longest lasting restoration.

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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays & OnlaysInlays and onlays are used to replace your silver (mercury) fillings or repair cracked/fractured teeth. These restorations are usually made from ceramics or composite resin material. Inlays and onlays are virtually unnoticeable once placed in the mouth, and they are known for conserving much or your natural tooth structure.

Before InlayInlays are most successful when the cavity only involves the occlusal surface (the chewing surface) of the tooth and one proximal surface (the surface between the teeth). For best results, the other proximal surface should not have decay. An onlay, on the other hand, covers the whole proximal surface and protects the cusps from fracture. Onlays are the best option for covering larger surface restorations.

After InlayUsing local anesthesia, the tooth will be isolated and the old filling removed. Using CEREC technology, we are able to create the restoration in just one visit. Dr. Wood will then bond the inlay/onlay to the tooth. Normally, the entire procedure takes less than an hour. Inlays and onlays closely resemble to natural tooth and because of its strong durability, they do not require replacement for many years.