CEREC stands for CERamic REConstruction and was developed by a Dentist at the University of Zurich in 1985. Beeston Dental Practice has been offering CEREC for 12 years now, we are very proud of the fact were the first practice in Nottingham to offer CEREC, and one of only ten practices in the whole of the UK, when we first introduced it in 2000. So if you are considering CEREC, we can offer you a team of dentists with significant expertise and knowledge in this technique.
What is CEREC?
The CEREC system uses a variety of computer assisted technologies, including CAD/CAM and 3D photography. If you need crowns, veneers or inlays, CEREC is a powerful system which uses durable, natural looking ceramic materials to repair your teeth in one quick visit. The ceramic material has a translucency which resembles the natural material of the tooth and your dentist can control the fit and the colour to match perfectly with your surrounding teeth.
The metal-free, biocompatible ceramic material can be bonded directly to your tooth with no visible crown margins. The restorations are extremely durable and long-lasting and this means the healthy tooth tissue remains intact.
What are the benefits of CEREC?
CEREC is hugely popular - statistically, a new all ceramic CEREC resoration is created every ten seconds, and for good reason. Research has shown CEREC restorations are at least equivalent to gold restorations in terms of durability and the technology means no one will even know you have one. The 3D measuring camera scans the tooth to determine the correct shape and your dentist will match the colour to your existing teeth.
Not only are CEREC restorations significantly more aesthetic than gold and amalgam fillings, they are quick to complete and can be finished within an hour. When you choose CEREC, you only need one visit with your dentist and one local anaesthetic injection. So, if you’re pushed for time and want a quality, long-lasting result, without the inconvenience of repeated visits, impressions and temporary solutions between visits, CEREC is the perfect choice!
What will happen at my CEREC appointment?
• The first step is to numb the area that needs preparing by giving a single injection of local anaesthetic.
• Your dentist will then remove the decayed tissue or defective amalgam filling.
• The CEREC camera is then used to create a 3D image of the tooth and the data is sent to the milling machine. This process takes up to 30 minutes.
• After this process, the restoration is ready to be adjusted to fit your bite and cemented in place.
As the restoration is made of such durable material, it cannot decay. By continuing to brush with a flouride toothpaste for two minutes twice per day, you can care for the restoration in the same way you do your ordinary teeth. It is important to pay particular attention to the area where the restoration meets the tooth and to continue to use floss or interdental brushes to keep the areas between the teeth clean.
So, not only is CEREC a more pleasant experience for you compared to previous techniques, it produces attractive, durable results in far less time - perfect for those leading busy lives and with our experience in using CEREC technology, you can be assured your restoration will look aesthetic, blending perfectly with your other teeth.
If you’re considering CEREC, do get in touch or come and have a chat with us.
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