Center for Invisalign, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry


What is CEREC®?

CEREC® is an acronym...

Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
of Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.

...for an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the, out, and on with your busy life. The state of the art CEREC® system was developed in 1985 at the University of Zurich in Switzerland by a dentist, Dr. Werner H. Moermann, and an electrical engineer, Dr. Markus Brandistini. Today, CEREC® 3 with CEREC® 3D software is still the world's only chair side dental CAD/CAM restorative system. At the heart of the system is the innovative technology.



Because Your Dentist Values YOUR Time

Let's face it; very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that -- "fill" a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years.* CEREC® is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it's done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth colored in a single appointment! So, how does the CEREC® procedure work?

Exam and Preparation

The CEREC® SystemFirst, your Dentist examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and the clinical judgment of your Dentist. Next, he or she administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like he or she would do for many other restorative techniques.

Optical Impression

Then, your Dentist takes an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression "goop" that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, your Dentist coats the tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. A camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process only takes a minute or two.

No Temporaries

Next, the CEREC® machine helps the Dentist create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC® 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Your Dentist then uses his or her dental expertise to design the Inserting block into milling chamber restoration using the CEREC® 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, your Dentist clicks a button, and the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 - 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Finally, your Dentist tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no "temporary" or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment! Ask your Dentist about CEREC® today.

*Harvard Health Letter, March 2000; NIDR of NIH, Dental Amalgam Study, 1993.



A precise map of the mouth is needed to help dental specialists treat you more effectively, and the iTero Scanner is a convenient and precise alternative to traditional impressions. The procedure is comfortable, reliable, safe and accurate. Dr. Bauer is proud to offer the iTero Scanner to our patients to improve their overall experience in our office.

What is iTero?

 By using the iTero Scanner, we can create a digital map of your mouth. Using those images from the scanner, we can create crowns, and bridges for you. This technology helps us perform procedures in a precise manner, while eliminating the need for inconvenient alternatives that can otherwise be bothersome to patients.

Traditionally, impressions were taken using large metal trays and “liquid plaster” placed against the upper and lower jaw. These impressions were both time consuming and uncomfortable.

With the iTero Scanner, our patients do not have to endure any further discomfort or anxiety while we take their impression. The entire activity is conducted digitally, eliminating the need for the liquid plaster. Patients can also view the images from their can on an in-office computer display. The technology is much more convenient than the old method and has been found to be even more accurate.

What are the benefits of iTero?

 The iTero Scanner provides the benefits of the compatibility with Invisalign, with seven times fewer aligner fit issues. The compatibility with the system also allows patients to see the potential outcome of dental treatments. The exclusive integration with Invisalign increases the efficiency of our practice.

Scans with iTero can be performed by a single operator and shortens seating appointments by 22 percent and virtually eliminates return appointments. The real-time, high-impact visualizations collected with the scans help us educate our patients for a better experience and a healthier future.


CEREC Omnicam is optimized for scanning of natural tooth structures and gingiva. Full-arch and half-arch scans can now be performed more accurately and quicker than ever before.








Creekside Dental Care
121 W Branch St
Arroyo Grande, CA 

(805) 481-6617