CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics – or CEramic REConstruction – and it’s a system that combines state-of-the-art digital technology with a cutting-edge in-house milling machine. Put simply, CEREC allows us to scan, craft and fit your dental restoration all on the same day – no need for a second appointment.
A CEREC tooth restoration isn’t just convenient, it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, dentists can use strong, tooth-coloured ceramic materials that closely match the composition of your natural tooth – so there’s less sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and less risk of your restoration cracking. And because the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, your dentist can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that actually strengthens your tooth.
How does CEREC work?
If you need a crown, onlay or veneer, your dentist can use CEREC 3D software to design it – this information is then sent to the milling machine, which accurately creates your restoration from porcelain. Meanwhile, the dentist can prepare your teeth by gently filing it, under local anaesthetic if necessary, into the best shape to accommodate the restoration. Your crown, veneer or onlay can then be secured in place.
What are the advantages of CEREC?
CEREC technology dramatically speeds up a traditionally lengthy process by bringing all the different elements in-house and reducing your treatment time to a single appointment. For the patient, that means fewer injections, no messy dental impressions, no temperamental temporary fittings – and less time out of your hectic schedule.
How do I take care of my CEREC restoration?
You won’t be required to carry out any out-of-the-ordinary care for your CEREC restoration, however a strict oral hygiene routine is a must if you want to prolong the life of your new tooth.