How It Works
CEREC – A procedure with a long tradition
The CEREC procedure was developed at Zurich University and has been successfully deployed in dental practices since 1985 – for more than 25 years! Worldwide more than 25,000 practices in over 50 countries work with the CEREC system. Since 1985 over 8 million patients have been treated using the CEREC procedure. More than 20 million ceramic restorations have been created and placed.
Long-term clinical studies demonstrate that – in terms of durability – CEREC restorations are at least equivalent to gold restorations. Depending on the individual case, CEREC fillings can achieve even better results than gold fillings.
The CEREC procedure step-by-step
1. Before treatment begins we inform you about the benefits of CEREC.
2. After removing the decayed tissue or defective amalgam filling we create a 3D image of the tooth with CEREC camera.
3. The restoration is designed on monitor of the CEREC acquisition unit.
4. The CEREC milling unit machines the restoration out of a ceramic block.
5. The milled restoration is bonded directly to your tooth.
Veneers make teeth look both natural and healthy and, because, they are very thin and held in place by a special strong bond (rather like super-glue) very little preparation of the tooth is needed. Some of the shiny outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed to make sure that the be permanently in place later. The amount of enamel is tiny and will be the same thickness as that of the veneer to be fitted. This ensures that the size of the tooth remains the same size.
A local aneasthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort whilst the tooth is being prepared but this may not always be necessary. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take an impression (mould) and this will be given to the Dental Technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to ensure that the veneer looks entirely natural.
A veneer takes at least two visits – the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade and the second to fit the veneer. Before bonding the veneer in place your dentist will show you the veneer placed over your tooth to make sure that you are happy to proceed. Bonding the veneer in place uses a very strong adhesive which holds it firmly onto the tooth. Veneers should last for many years but they can chip or break, just as your own tooth can. Your dentist will tell you how long each individual veneer should last. Small chips can be repaired or a new veneer fitted.
No conventional impressions
The CEREC 3D measuring camera scans the prepared tooth in just a few seconds.
This eliminates the need for unpleasant silicone impressions.
CEREC restorations are milled out of a solid ceramic block in just a few minutes, They are then ready to be placed immediately. This eliminates the need for temporary fillings and crowns. It also means that you need only one appointment. And you don’t have to wait for days on the end until the ceramic filling is finished.
No long waiting periods
Because CEREC restorations can be placed immediately, you need only one appointment. And you benefit from tooth restorations which have demonstrated their durability time and time again.