Dentistry has truly entered the 21st century with Same Day Dental Restorations And the amazing CEREC 3-D. CEREC 3-D is a CAD-CAM (Computer Aided Design – Computer Assisted Manufacturing) system specifically designed to manufacture accurate dental restorations of the highest quality.  Dr Donnie Dean is a dental technology leader adapting this technology in 2001!   Dr. Dean invested in the breakthrough CEREC System, which enables him to create and fit dental crowns and veneers for the patient many times within one single visit.  With 19 years of experience using, watching and being on the front lines of the developing technology, he enjoys applying the use of advanced technology, like the Cerec System and the Galileos 3D Advanced Imaging System to cases of implant, ortho, and rehabilitative dentistry. These are intra-oral scanners that are extremely accurate and virtually eliminate the need for those uncomfortable impressions. Recently, Dr. Dean started using a Solea laser that can restore some teeth with no anesthesia. He uses this for numerous procedures to minimize the sound of the drill, use minimal or no anesthesia, and help improve other procedures while rehabilitating the mouth.  Dr. Donnie Dean engages a team approach in providing top level services to his patients, whom he considers family. Having acquired hundreds of study hours with this technology, Dr. Donnie Dean is now a mentor at the Scotsdale and Charlotte Sirona Centers and has trained many dentist in the use of intra-oral scanners for all aspects of dentistry.

Why Cerec 3-D?

  • Bio-compatible ceramics
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Protection and preservation of your tooth’s structural integrity
  • Outstanding quality
  • Cost effective

Fillings (inlays/onlays)

After decay and old filling material is removed, the individually manufactured ceramic will be fitted exactly. Depending on the severity, the whole procedure will take a couple hours.


For more heavily compromised teeth, a traditional treatment is the crown restoration. Using our own CEREC method, crown restoration is completed in a single session. No temporary crowns, no impressions, and no need for a second injection. An expected treatment time of one to two hours is average.


Incorrectly positioned and discolored teeth may be restored with porcelain veneers. Your tooth is adjusted, while a thin layer of porcelain is bonded securely to your tooth. You’ll have your perfect look and perfect smile with just one session.

Many dental restorations, such as inlays, onlays and crowns, require one or more visit, depending on the procedure. On the first visit, your tooth is prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration placed on your tooth. The second appointment is made a couple of weeks later to have the temporary removed and the final restoration cemented.

With CEREC procedure is done in ONE appointment, start to finish.

First, we examine your tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, inlay, onlay or full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining. Next, we prepare your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like we would do for many other restorative techniques.

Then, we take a scan of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression gooey that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, we coat your tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. A camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth.

Next, the CEREC computer helps us create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3-D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. We then use our dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3-D computer program. Within a few minutes, the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A high quality 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 for bonding to your tooth. No middle man, no out sourced lab, no additional costs!  Finally, we try 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.

Dr Donnie Dean has been approved by Sirona and Patterson Dental as an instructor for CEREC CAD/CAM training and regularly teaches other dentists all over the US this advanced technique.

To discover if CEREC 3-D restorations are right for you, call us for a consultation appointment. 865-539-1119 or click here!

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