CEREC / 1 Visit Smiles
In today's world, few of us have the time to visit the dentist for multiple appointments in order to receive dental treatment. At the same time, sitting for hours in a dental chair is not ideal either. One solution to this is called CEREC, a state-of-the-art machine that can make permanent crowns, veneers or onlays for you while you are still in the chair
Here is how it works:
The dentist will prepare your tooth using a small drill.
A special camera is then used to take an image of your teeth which is then uploaded to the design unit.
YThis image is uploaded to a CAD/CAM unit, which creates a 3D model of your new tooth.
The model is used by a milling machine, which creates your new tooth from a block of high quality ceramic that best matches your surrounding teeth.
The restoration is then fixed into place.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for CERamic REConstruction and is a CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing) technology: one of the most advanced currently available in modern dentistry.
Many patients come to us requiring a missing piece of one or more teeth replacing with specially-made parts known as “restorations.”
Using CEREC we are able to create restorations to replace larger fillings, and create inlays, onlays, crowns, dental bridges and implants. They can even be used to repair badly broken teeth.
These types of restorations usually need to be specially-made in a lab, which takes a long time (2 weeks) and then requires multiple visits to the dentist to have them measured and fitted.
But with the aid of CEREC technology, we can now create precise restorations that perfectly fit and have them in-place and looking completely natural in about one hour – right here at Willaston Dental Care.
We take a photo of the area inside your mouth with a special CEREC tooth camera. This then produces a complete high-definition model of your tooth (you’ll be able to see this on the screen) together with the missing part which needs to be crafted.
The missing part of the tooth from the CEREC model is beamed wirelessly to our CEREC milling machine ready to be created.
A precise, order-made restoration is carved out of a material that closely matches your own teeth in colour, texture and appearance.
Once your custom-made CEREC restoration is finished, we then bond it in place and the process is complete. You now have a whole, perfectly natural-looking tooth.
Benefits of CEREC
CEREC restorations actually strengthen and seal the tooth
There’s no metal/mercury in your mouth – CEREC is 100% ceramic material
CEREC requires less drilling = little loss of dental tissue
Only one visit is required
The restoration looks and feels completely natural
No sticky moulds need to be pressed over your teeth
No temporary caps/etc are required
No need to wait two weeks for your restoration to be made
CEREC restorations can last 20+ years
Simple and quick solution to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth.
Long-lasting smile enhancement.