This week our students learned all about CEREC technology and have had the opportunity to witness actual CEREC procedures throughout the course of their internship at Morrison Dental Group.
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (or CEREC) by Sirona allows the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in ONE VISIT!
The strong ceramic materials used in CEREC restore your teeth to their natural beauty, strength and function. CEREC materials match the physical properties of the natural tooth more closely than metal crowns. Also, the crowns are bonded to your teeth, so the dentist can save as much healthy tooth structure as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth.
.During a chairside treatment, the dentist carries out all the steps, from digital impressions and computer-based construction of the restoration to the milling process, inside their office. The dentist uses an intraoral camera to take a photo of the preparation, the antagonist teeth, and the bite situation. Based on the images, the CEREC software creates a virtual model of the patient’s tooth situation. The dentist uses this model to construct the tooth restoration on the screen and then passes on the finished construction within the office’s network or sends it wirelessly to a milling machine. Depending on the type of restoration, it is then milled out of a color-matched ceramic block in just 6 to 15 minutes using diamond-coated milling units. The dentist can then add the finishing touches to the restoration by painting, polishing, and glazing it, before cementing it (the more traditional option) or adhesively integrating it, depending on the type of ceramic used.
CEREC technology makes it possible to produce and integrate ceramic restorations in a single appointment. Unlike other materials such as amalgam or gold, ceramic is more bio-compatible and boasts tooth-like physical and aesthetic qualities. In addition, digital impressions are more comfortable for patients than traditional impressions.
For more information about CEREC technology, visit the SIrona website