Dental Tech - CEREC!

CEREC is an acronym for CERamic REConstruction; and is one of the most exciting technologies in dentistry.

CEREC is an in surgery computer system that allows us to replace damaged or missing teeth with a ceramic material that's as close to natural tooth as possible. This is all done while you are in the practice - in just ONE visit.

When you have your teeth restored with CEREC there are NO impressions needed, NO temporary restorations (caps) to worry about, NO two week wait while the laboratory fabricates the restoration and NO need for a second appointment!

CEREC is an all ceramic material similar to porcelain. It is bio-inert and has been designed to mimic the natural physical properties of tooth structure; making it the ideal material regardless of how big the restoration may be.

The Benefits of CEREC:

  • All ceramic material – NO metal in your mouth
  • Little loss of tooth tissue (Less drilling!)
  • Only one visit
  • Tooth coloured restoration - looks and feels completely natural
  • No 'messy' moulds to be taken
  • No temporaries
  • There are no impressions taken
  • No 2 week wait
  • No need for 2nd injection
  • Strong, durable restorations
  • Less chance for errors or variation during fabrication

CEREC is an all ceramic material similar to porcelain. It is bio-inert and has been designed to mimic the natural physical properties of tooth structure; making it the ideal material regardless of how big the restoration may be.

 

When is a CEREC restoration used?

Whether just a single tooth needs restoring or multiple teeth; CEREC restorations can be used to make fillings, inlays/onlays, crowns and in some cases bridges.

Even badly broken teeth which would normally be extracted can often be saved and restored using CEREC.


What is the Procedure?

1) Your tooth is prepared and a photo is taken with the CEREC ‘tooth’ camera and because the CEREC process is so precise, far more of your tooth can be conserved compared to the conventional 'crown' method.

2) The computer then produces a complete high definition 3D model.

3) You can then watch your new restoration on the 3D model. The completed design is ‘beamed’ wirelessly to the CEREC milling machine.

4) An all-ceramic CEREC block is chosen to match the colour of your teeth and placed into the CEREC milling machine.

5) The block is then precisely carved to produce your new restoration.

6) Finally, the custom made CEREC restoration ‘bonded’ seamlessly into the tooth, strengthening and sealing it at the same time.


How long do Cerec restorations last?

CEREC are very long lasting restorations can last up to 20 years or more.
CEREC is now becoming the standard against which other materials are used.