What is CEREC?
CEREC is the acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It enables damaged teeth to be restored economically and in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the colour, function and strength of natural teeth.
• Chairside – The technology is in the dental suite and used while you are in the chair.
• Economical – The procedure is economical without compromising function or aesthetics.
• Restorations – The procedure restores teeth to their natural beauty and strength.
• Esthetic – Restorations are metal-free and tooth-coloured, perfectly replicating natural teeth.
• Ceramic – High-strength ceramics, close in composition to natural tooth structure, are used.
When it’s time to replace your old silver amalgam fillings with a natural-looking alternative, the choice is between traditional composite resin plastic white fillings, which are more suited to smaller cavities, and ceramic.
CEREC is most commonly used in the replacement of old, large amalgam or composite resin fillings that have failed, fractured or decayed.
A CEREC restoration has many advantages over conventional fillings, including:
• Superior aesthetics – porcelain is far more natural looking than composite resin.
• Superior strength – guaranteeing greater longevity • single-visit ceramic restoration – eliminating the need for multiple appointments, multiple local anaesthetics and temporary interim fillings.
• Conservation of healthy tooth structure – large CEREC restorations are an ideal alternative to potentially short-lived composite-resin fillings or full-coverage crowns, which usually result in removal of greater amounts of natural healthy tooth structure.
The Dental Touch now has the latest Cerec technology available to mill custom designed crowns and porcelain restorations for our patients in a single appointment. For some patients, it’s hard to imagine what would have normally taken 2-3 visits over several weeks is now accomplished in 1 visit using the latest in German CAD/CAM and digital imaging technology.
Perfect Teeth in 5 Easy Steps
1. Before treatment begins we inform you about the benefits of CEREC.
2. 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.
3. The restoration designed on the monitor of the CEREC acquisition unit.
4. The CEREC milling unit machines the restoration out of a ceramic block.
5. The milled restoration is bonded directly to your tooth.