One of the most cutting edge pieces of advanced dental technology, CEREC, is now available here at Maxident Clinic! CEREC (computer assisted CEramic REConstruction) technology is one of only a handful of systems available worldwide for the creation of same-day crowns. It is the first computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) dental system invented. The concept was developed to make ceramic inlays immediately available to patients. This eliminated the need to send dental moulds to a separate facility for fabrication and have the patient come back for a second visit to install the restoration. CEREC technology has been in use since the late 1980s and has been updated continuously since that time. Today, it is routinely used for on-site fabrication of inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers. It is also use for creating temporary bridges or for planning dental implant procedures.
Patients love the fact that they can have a whole crown (or crowns) made and fitted for them in under an hour instead of the usual two-week wait for lab based work. What's more, there are no unpleasant impression moulds needed like conventional crown work, no second appointment and no temporary reconstructions needed.
The initial preparation process for same-day dental restoration treatment is similar to that for a traditional crown, inlay or onlay. Your visit starts with a visual examination of your teeth along with x-rays. This information is used to determine the extent of dental decay and/or damage to your tooth. The current version of CEREC milling technology uses precisely computer controlled diamond bits that can create very thin, very accurate restorations. Your dentist will take this into account in determining how much tissue to remove from the tooth to prepare it for a same day crown. The goal is to remove as little healthy tooth structure as possible while still ensuring an excellent fit where the ceramic restoration will be bonded. Your dentist will use a dental drill to prepare the tooth surface. Then, it’s time to begin creating the CEREC restoration.
The CEREC procedure step by step
- Before treatment begins we inform you about the benefits of CEREC.
- After removing the decayed tissue or the defective amalgam filling we create a 3D image of the tooth with the aid of the CEREC camera.
- The restoration is designed on the monitor of the CEREC acquisition unit.
- The CEREC milling unit machines the restoration out of a ceramic block.
- The milled restoration is bonded directly to your tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
CEREC is a CAD/CAM (computer aided design/ computer aided manufacture) system that comprises of two main parts. The first part, a computer unit fitted with a digital scanner and camera is used to take a scan of the patient's mouth which is then displayed on the computer screen. Teeth can then be designed on the computer to perfectly blend in and correspond with other teeth in the mouth. Once designed, the second part of CEREC, the milling machine, creates the specially designed tooth out of a block of solid ceramic. The ceramic tooth can then be stained and glazed in order to look completely natural and match with the patient's natural teeth.
CEREC can be used for practically any reconstruction that used to have to be made in a lab. Whether used for veneers, crowns, bridges or the replacement of ugly amalgam fillings, CEREC is a great treatment option.
Surprisingly, CEREC treatments cost pretty much the same as their lab based alternatives. As there is no lab fee to pay with CEREC, the cost is kept down. This means that you can pay relatively the same amount and have your new tooth TODAY instead of weeks in the future.
CEREC teeth have been proven to last for many years, with some recent reports showing proof of CEREC teeth lasting for over 25 years. As CEREC teeth are ceramic, they are extremely strong and durable. They look, feel and function like natural teeth and should last for years.
The costs for this treatment can vary from practice to practice so it is important to discuss charges and treatment options with your dentist before starting treatment.