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CEREC Overview

CEREC stands for CEramic REConstruction. It is a state of the art milling unit that produces high quality ceramic or porcelain crowns and bridges, all within one trip to the dentist.


CEREC technology allows your dentist to have complete control over the tooth, meaning that they can alter the shade, shape, contour and fit of the CEREC tooth, to perfectly suit the rest of your existing teeth.

It uses 3D imaging to create a precise restoration that acts as your natural tooth and provides the same functionality as a one too. The software enables the technician to look at your bite and the shape of the other teeth surrounding the CEREC tooth and determine what kind of alterations need to be taking into consideration for a perfect fit. It is truly remarkable technology!


Additional Information

How are they made?

After one of our dentists has taken your 3D digital impressions, they will then alter them within the design application. Our dentists will then select a ceramic block or whatever material best suits the particular case and one that matches the shade of the tooth which is being repaired or recreated. The block is then inserted into the CAD-CAM Milling Unit and this process will usually take between 8 to 18 minutes, depending on the type and size of the restoration. This process is done by taking the information from the design application direct to two diamond coated burs that design and carve the inserted block. When the restoration is complete, the tooth is then polished and your dentist will bond it into place. Certain materials require the Sirona Speedfire (furnace) in order to finish the tooth and allow it fit for insertion.

How long does the process take?

It is an extremely effective and convenient way of receiving your crown treatment as it is all done within the one appointment and eliminates the need for temporary crowns. Rather than waiting weeks for your permanent crown to be sculpted and spend more time in the dentist’ chair taking impressions, etc., using the digital camera in your mouth, the 3D camera creates your moulds/impressions digitally. You can then sit back and wait in our patients waiting area and within a few hours, you will be leaving with your freshly designed crown, straight from the milling unit.

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