Computerised Dentistry for same-day crowns and restorations
What is CEREC?
Our CEREC (Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics) system creates custom-made ceramic restorations in a single dental visit.
Restoration types include dental crowns, and large fillings called inlays and onlays.
These types of restorations are called ‘indirect’ restorations, which means they are custom fabricated outside of the mouth.
The ceramic material is matched to the colour and shape of your natural teeth, so the restorations will blend in seamlessly.
Inlays and Onlays
Large, custom-made fillings. Used for decayed, fractured or worn teeth, or teeth with old fillings (for example amalgam).
A tooth shaped ‘cap’ used for decayed, cracked, chipped, worn-down or discoloured teeth.
How is a CEREC restoration created?
The system uses 3D photography to take a photo of the tooth. CAD (Computer-Aided Design) technology is then used to create a virtual design model of the restoration, without the need to take impressions. The data for the model is then electronically sent to our on-site milling machine, where CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology is used to fabricate the restoration out of ceramic material.
This is all completed whilst you are in the dental chair.
Why choose CEREC?
This system eliminates the need for dental impressions, physical moulds, temporary restorations, and multiple dental visits. The modern technology is precise and accurate, and the restorations produced will match your natural tooth colour and blend in seamlessly.
- Modern CAD/CAM technology is precise and accurate
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Time saving: receive your restoration the same day
- No impressions or temporary restorations
- State of the art Bio-Ceramics
- Matched to your natural tooth shape and colour
CEREC uses high quality ceramic material which is bio-compatible with your teeth and soft tissue, and displays tooth like physical and aesthetic qualities. As the thermal coefficients of expansion and contraction are similar to the natural tooth structure, your teeth can expand and contract safely. The restoration looks and feels just like your natural healthy teeth. The ceramic material is anti-abrasive and plaque resistant.
The dentist will administer anaesthetic and prepare your tooth for the restoration. The preparation depends on the restoration type, but can include removing decay or old filling material, or restoring the tooth structure so it can support the restoration.
The tooth and surrounding teeth are coated with an anti-reflective substance, and the special camera takes a 3D image of the tooth inside your mouth.
Digital design (CAD)
A virtual design model of the restoration is created on a computer.
The data for the model is then electronically sent to our on-site milling machine, which uses a precise cutting tool to fabricate the restoration out of a block of porcelain material.
Cementation of the restoration
Once the restoration is manufactured, it will be checked for fit and adjusted if necessary, before being permanently cemented onto your tooth.