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CEREC CAD/CAM Technology

Dr. Nick Yiannios D.D.S. has produced more CEREC CAD/CAM restorations than any other dental practice in Northwest Arkansas. Adept dental CAD/CAM usage not only allows the patient to spend less time in the office (porcelain crowns and veneers can be created the same day instead of over multiple visits with typical dental practices), but also results in less tooth structure being removed (meaning more of nature is kept, hence fewer potential problems over time). CEREC is one of our flagship technologies:


This dental CAD/CAM technology allows the creation of high quality all-ceramic crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays ON-SITE the SAME DAY by Dr. Nick Yiannios. Normally, such restorations take at least 2 weeks to be made in a dental laboratory and at least 2 visits to the office before the permanent prosthesis is put in place permanently. With CAD/CAM, a special infrared camera is used to take a picture of the tooth in need of repair and then computer software is used by Dr. Nick Yiannios to design the restoration from the picture.

The final result is then fused to the tooth with bonding materials and matches beautifully! Dr. Nick Yiannios is an expert in CEREC CAD/CAM Technology. Many years ago he authored a book explaining and visually demonstrating the capabilities of this technology by an adept operator (himself) which you can view here for more information.

Diamonds in a milling chamber carve the restoration out of a solid ceramic block of a color and size that matches your tooth, and then Dr. Nick Yiannios customizes the final result by applying stains and then a glazing material which is permanently fused to the restoration in a high temperature glazing oven.

When do we not use CAD/CAM?

When what little is left of the tooth is black looking because of an old root canal: Since these are all porcelain and translucent, the darkness can show-through.  Sometimes a lab made restoration with an opaque material under the porcelain to block out the darkness beneath may be indicated in these types of cases.

Almost never…!

Dr. Nick Yiannios – An experienced CEREC and Cosmetic Dentist in NWA

  1. Fellow & Accredited Member, The Academy of CAD/CAM Dentistry
  2. Member, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
  3. Member, International Association of Mercury Free Dentists
  4. Accreditation Candidate, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  5. 1993 Graduate The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School

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