Shawn L. Thompson, DDS, Inc.
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CEREC: One-Day Restorations

How would you like a crown or veneer in just one visit? What sounds like myth is actually a reality at the offices of Dr. Shawn L. Thompson, DDS.

We're proud to offer Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEREC. This process enables us to create and install your dental appliance in one appointment. Most dental procedures of this type can span weeks. CEREC makes waiting obsolete!

CEREC’s amazing speed also provides these benefits:

  • No silver fillings
  • Natural looking
  • Anti-abrasive
  • Plaque resistant
  • No temporary crowns
  • Fewer shots
  • Less drilling
  • Less time out of your schedule

Prof. Werner H. Mörmann and Dr. Marco Brandestini brought CEREC to the dental world. Developed in 1980 at the University of Zurich and used in successful practice by 1985, CEREC is the brand name of this technology owned by the Sirona companies. (Sirona Australia, Sirona Germany, Sirona USA, and others.)

Close-up of teeth during the photographing process.

CEREC One-Day Services

A crown or similar appliance in one visit sounds great. But you’re probably wondering how it all works. The CEREC process at our office is straightforward:

  • Dr. Thompson takes a picture of your damaged tooth with a special camera and displays the image on a color computer screen.
  • He uses computer aided design (CAD) to design your dental restoration.
  • Dr. Thompson utilizes computer aided manufacturing (CAM) to create the appliance.
  • The appliance is milled from a color-matched ceramic block in six to 15 minutes.
  • Dr. Thompson adds any finishing touches including paint, polish, and glaze.
  • Dr. Thompson bonds the restoration to the surface of your tooth.

The process takes approximately one to two hours. You leave our office with your permanent dental restoration. We might recommend a follow-up appointment to check your fitting.


A dental crown covers your tooth and restores it to its original shape and size while saving you the cost spent on a bridge or implant.

When you receive a crown, our staff will remove the decay from your tooth and then shape it to fit a crown. Our special camera scans your tooth, the CEREC machines uses the scanned image to create your crown, and when the design is complete, we fit and cement the crown to your tooth.

For best results, visit our office as soon as possible. Prevent the risk of a tooth fracture, the discomfort and expense of root canal therapy, or the need to pull a tooth.


Using CEREC for dental veneers, we match the color of your teeth then mill your veneer from a block of dental ceramic. After an inspection, Dr. Thompson bonds the veneer onto your tooth and you are on your way after just one appointment.

CEREC veneers provide many advantages:

  • No need for conventional moulds or impressions.
  • We complete the entire process in our office.
  • Your veneer is done in about an hour.
  • No temporary veneers.
Close-up of crown being installed with a pair of dental pliers.

Inlays & Onlays

We use CEREC inlays and onlays to restore teeth with small to moderate decay. Inlays cover one or two surfaces of the tooth, while onlays cover the chewing surface.

We use a convenient process to apply your CEREC inlay/onlay. We remove decay from your tooth. Then we scan the tooth to create a 3D image. Our CEREC system uses the 3D scan to design your inlay/onlay from dental porcelain. Dr. Thompson cements the fitting onto your tooth and then you’re done!

CEREC inlays/onlays match the shade and shape of your teeth. The process offers plenty of benefits:

  • Durable, strong, and nearly undetectable.
  • Reduces risk of wear to the opposing teeth.
  • Keeps decay from forming under the restoration.
  • Leaves healthy tooth structure intact. Prevents future root canal therapy.

Call Us to See if CEREC is for You

Need a crown, veneer, or inlay/outlay? Contact us to see if CEREC is the right solution for your dental needs. We'll fit you with your appliance in one appointment. It doesn't get any easier!

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