CEREC is not a new character in a new Star Wars adventure, not the latest in baby names, and not a new browser for the Internet. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction.
CEREC is a CAD/CAM computerized system designed to minimize both the time and dollars that extra visits to the dentist chair would mean for such restorative procedures as dental crowns, bridges, or inlay fillings to the inner center of a decayed tooth or onlay fillings that repairs surface of a broken tooth.
Dental patients can now expect to spend only two hours and one office visit in getting a tooth and their smile restored. No longer needed is the dentist to make impressions of the teeth or tooth to be repaired, no drilling except perhaps to remove decay before the inlay or onlay or crown is set in place. No longer needed is the service of an outside dental lab that would create the crowns or bridges or for a temporary crown to be made as you wait for the permanent crown to come back from the lab. Your smile will be restored to its former glory in approximately two hours time and one office visit to Impressions Dental.
Two hours and one office visit — and done, fini! Awesome thought isn’t it?
With ‘the magic’ of the amazing CEREC, dental restorative system, which was first created in 1985 at the University of Zurich, Switzerland by Dr. Werner H. Moermann; a dentist gains a 3D photograph of tooth in need of repair through an optical impression. That means no more ‘goop’ placed to mouth that patient once had to bite down on until goop hardened to give dentist the impression of tooth.
With CEREC, a non-toxic, tasteless powder is applied to the tooth, a camera then takes a digital photo of tooth. This takes about one or two minutes. With use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software technology, your dentist can then view a 3D virtual model of tooth on computer screen. Finally, with same skills that your professional dentist always had, he or she designs the inserting block that goes to the milling chamber restoration of the CEREC 4 computer program. With a click of a button the milling design data restoration is sent to a separate milling machine in the office office. A separate block is inserted that matches your tooth shade and within 10 to 20 minutes — VOILA! Your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is ready to bond in place! We repeat: it is AWESOME, isn’t it?
With CEREC tooth restorations, patients should find less pain to the wallet, be pleased that temporary restorations are no longer necessary, and find better accuracy in fitting the dental restoration to mouth than in the past due to the dentist having complete control of the process and not an outside source. In addition, ceramic material better mimics the natural tooth and minimizes the sensitivity to hot and cold foods. We think CEREC is a step ‘up’ and definitely worth asking about!