What is CEREC?
CEREC is a high-tech instrument that helps dentists restore damaged teeth in one appointment. It uses CAD/CAM technology (Computer assisted design/ computer assisted manufacture) to accomplish its purpose. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
How does CEREC work?
After the dentist prepares the tooth, he sprays a thin layer of reflective powder directly on the tooth’s surface. Using a special camera, the dentist then takes a digital picture of the tooth. No need to take a messy impression and send it to the lab. The dentist then designs the restoration on the computer screen. In the virtual world of of CEREC, the dentist views, manipulates and verifies all aspects of restoration design for accuracy and assurance of an ideal fit. An industrially prepared block of porcelain in the correct shade to match your tooth is then placed in the milling chamber. Minutes later, milling is complete and the restoration is ready to bond to place.
What kinds of procedures can it perform?
- Partial and full crowns
- Inlays, onlays, and other single tooth restorations
What are the advantages CEREC offers?
- The restoration is started and finished in a single session.
- No need to wear a temporary crown which may break or fall off.
- No need to make a messy impression which would go to a lab.
- No need for a return visit for the patient!
- The restoration is natural looking, as it is made out of tooth-colored ceramic material.
- The ceramic material has the same physical characteristics of tooth enamel, unlike laboratory porcelains. It strengthens the tooth, and is kind to the surrounding teeth while being very strong and once in place, virtually unbreakable.
- Metal-free – no silver-colored fillings.
- Allows dentist to save more of the healthy tooth.
- Extremely precise. The restoration is bonded permanently in place.