CEREC is a system for making porcelain crowns that uses computer modeling and in-office manufacturing (CAD/CAM). We had a lecture on this thing last night at our local dental meeting. This system is not likely to be found in a pediatric office. This is something a general dentist who does several permanent tooth crowns a day would use (a crown is a restoration that covers the whole tooth). I cannot really explain it here other than to say the crown is make in the office rather than the dental lab and uses 3-D computer modeling and manufacture to make crowns and the like. Check out their site with the link on their name above to learn more. The system is almost $100,000 to buy. It is useful mainly for adults who need certain types of crowns and inlays. You don't need a second appointment and you don't need a temporary crown. If they had these twenty years ago I might have been a general dentist. Well, maybe not, but it sure seems like a great system. There are drawbacks to the system and the lab process that is normally used is much more adaptable and more of an art that this system.
By the way, wouldn't it be great if they could make this system practical for children's crowns?