CEREC is a sophisticated CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Machining) system for the production of all-ceramic inlays, onlays, crowns, veneers for both anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth.
CEREC enables us to provide you with highly aesthetic, tooth coloured restorations, created and placed during a single dental appointment. With CEREC there is no need for taking impressions or wearing a temporary restoration.
How does CEREC work?
Before treatment begins we will inform you about the benefits of CEREC compared with conventional treatment available.
During the treatment the decayed tissue or existing defective restoration is removed and using the CEREC 3D measuring camera we scan the prepared tooth in just a few seconds. This eliminates the need for unpleasant impressions.
The restoration is then designed using the CEREC acquisition unit by the chair side.
CEREC restorations are milled out of a solid ceramic block in just a few minutes. They are then ready to be placed immediately. This eliminates the need for temporary restorations and crowns. It also means that you need only one appointment and you do not have to wait for days on end until the restoration is made by a laboratory.
How is the CEREC restoration made?
Once the tooth to be restored is scanned by the chairside machine and the dentist has designed your restoration, the information is electronically sent to the milling machine (see image below).
A block of ceramic material (see image below) with the correct shade identical to your natural tooth is then placed in the machine.
The machine then uses the information sent to it electronically to prepare the restoration with a great degree of precision using laser guided milling.
What happens once the restoration is made?
Depending on the type of restoration you are having, it will be glazed and polished and then it is permanantly cemented in place.