CEREC is the new gold standard high-tech dentistry has to offer.
A Cerec crown or inlay IN JUST ONE SINGLE VISIT
Cerec provides you with the ultimate in digital dentistry technology
With CEREC, we can use strong, tooth coloured ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure.
Imagine a dental practice where you can go and have your new tooth made and fitted during a single visit and within an hour. CEREC is a revolutionary system that enables your dentist to design, fabricate and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit, a procedure that would normally take at least two weeks, if not more!
How does this CEREC technology work?
Your dentist will prepare your tooth in the normal way he/she would before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point, instead of using “dental putty” to take an impression of your tooth, a digital image is taken using a special camera. This image is then converted into a 3D computerised model of your tooth, which is used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once your dentist is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. The milling process can take anywhere from as little as 6 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the exact technology and complexity of the tooth.
The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colours, and your tooth will be selected to match your surrounding teeth. Once the crown or veneer has been milled, the dentist may characterise it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth, before either polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your new restoration will then be bonded into place onto your prepared tooth.
Patients love the fact that they can have a whole crown (or crowns) made and fitted for them in under an hour instead of the usual two-week wait for lab based work. What's more, there are no unpleasant impression moulds needed like conventional crown work, no second appointment and no temporary reconstructions needed.
What are the benefits of CEREC?
There are several advantages to having treatment with CEREC over conventional, laboratory made restorations: Everything is carried out in a single visit you only need one appointment instead of the usual two or three visits.
Only one injection since the entire procedure can be carried out within the hour. Since the crown or veneer is designed and fabricated from start to finish by your dentist, he is in complete control of the final result, eliminating the need for any input by a laboratory dental technician.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CEREC used for?
CEREC is used to design, prepare and fit replacement teeth, inlays, onlays, veneers, and crowns for patients who have missing, chipped, damaged, or stained teeth.
Is CEREC technology risky?
CEREC was first developed in the 1980’s in Zurich, Germany, using VITABLOCS. The Dental Division of Siemens AG then gained the license to market CEREC and Sirona Dental Systems was formulated in 1997. A lot of testing has occurred since then with improved materials, computer technologies and updated software programmes. It is believed that more than 23,000 people now use CEREC internationally.
Any risks have been addressed over this 30 year period and the main challenge to dentists is affording this revolutionising technology and training in its use. The risks of not using such technology in many ways is greater because of the risks of decay, tooth loss, and gum disease that can take hold the longer a tooth is left untreated or restored.
What materials are used with CEREC technology?
The CEREC technology uses bio-compatible materials that are gentler on the gums, causing less irritation than putties originally used for dental moulds. These ceramic materials are also similar to natural tooth enamel but are more resistant to fractures and discoloration.
Is the CEREC process painful?
Our resident dentist has qualified in the use of this technology, and because pain-free treatments can be done in less than 6 minutes there is less discomfort and stress to the patient. Our technology is in a setting that allows the patient to feel comfortable, no pain and that also allows the patient to view the treatment occurring on-screen.
Does CEREC technology make dental treatment more costly?
The initial financial outlay in purchase of the technology and in training for efficient use is by the dental practice. Parkfield have invested in this technology to offer improved treatments for their patients. Even though this state-of-the-art technology is used, it does not make patient care more expensive.
The benefits of CEREC far outweigh this cost to both the dentist and patient because of the speed at which the treatment can be done in one appointment, minimising the need for additional processes, fillings and anaesthetics. Our resident dentist will explain all of this to you on examining your teeth for potential dental restoration, and will discuss all costs and payment plans with you.
What alternatives are there to CEREC technology?
CEREC is currently the best internationally recognised dental restoration technology on the market. And that is why Parkfield has made it available to all their patients. The alternative can be to leave a tooth untreated which can cause gum disease, tooth loss and affect overall health.
Some dentists still prefer to use other methods, such as putty for tooth moulding and fabricating processes for crowns, veneers and inlays. Feel free to bring your questions with you that our resident dentist looks forward to answering for you.