CEREC is a short term used for Ceramic Reconstruction. It is used for making dental restorations using the latest technologies of 3D photography and CAD/CAM. Simply put, CEREC is a 3D restoration product that can produce indirect restorations for a patient in a single visit to the dentist. Crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays can be made with ceramic materials using this technology.

CEREC has made restorative dentistry extremely advanced, as patients no longer need to come more than once for a simple restoration, such as a crown. The restoration is fabricated right then and there after the necessary tooth preparation has been done. Strong, curable ceramic materials are used to make the restorations and the dentist can give you a beautifully restored smile in just that one visit.

Natural-looking restorations

The ceramic material can produce extremely natural-looking restorations with uncanny resemblance to natural teeth. To top it off, the materials have similar composition to tooth structure hence have the same reaction to cold/hot foods as natural teeth. They are bonded chemically to the tooth, so healthy tooth substance can be preserved for receiving the restoration and the tooth is further strengthened.

One-visit dentistry

So how exactly are such perfect, 3 dimensional restorations made in just one sitting? As all first visits go, the tooth is prepared for the restoration. The tooth is sprayed with a blue anti-reflective contrast medium and then it is photographed as a 3D digital model. This model is converted through certain software into the restoration shape which approximates with the surrounding teeth.

After this model is complete, the dentist refines the design with 3D CAD software. The final design is then sent wirelessly to a milling unit which fabricates the restoration with fine diamond burs, using the ceramic material. A ceramic block can be “milled” into the shape of the desired restoration, in anywhere between 4 to 20 minutes depending on the complexity of the design. The restoration is now ready to be cemented onto the prepared tooth with resin cement. This cement not only bonds to tooth structure but with the CEREC restoration itself, giving better bondage and enhancing its durability.

Advantages of CEREC

A CEREC restoration has the many advantages of having a quick restorative procedure hence saving time, stronger porcelain used, better and more natural esthetic results and conservation of natural tooth substance.

Disadvantages of CEREC

In fact, there are no known disadvantages of CEREC, making it one of the best available restorative procedures and one of the greatest technological breakthroughs in dentistry!