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CEREC is the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one surgery visit. With CEREC you can be treated in a single visit leaving the practice with a permanent, all ceramic crown or inlay on the same day! This also means fewer injections, less drilling, no messy impressions and less time out of your hectic schedule.
There are several advantages to having treatment with CEREC over conventional, laboratory-made restorations.
After preparing the tooth we take an ‘optical impression’ or scan of the prepared tooth. Instead of taking a number of impressions we coat the tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. A camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole optical impression process takes only a few minutes.
Next, the CEREC machine helps us create the restoration for your tooth. While you relax with a coffee in the lounge, the CEREC 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. We then use our dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine downstairs. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine.
About 10 – 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-coloured restoration is finished and ready to be bonded in place. Finally we try the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no “temporary” or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment!
The state of the art CEREC system was developed in 1985 at the University of Zurich in Switzerland by a dentist, Dr. Werner H. Moermann, and an electrical engineer, Dr. Markus Brandistini.