7 Facts About Cerec

  • By Tanya Powell
  • 13 Sep, 2017
At Cherry Hill Dentistry, we offer CEREC tooth restorations. CEREC stands for Chair side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic,and this technology allows us to offer same day tooth restorations. We find that patients often have questions about this process so this blog provides answers to some of the most common questions we hear about CEREC.

1. What Can You Make With CEREC Technology?

CEREC lets dentists create onlays, inlays, bridges and crowns. Some dentists may also make porcelain or ceramic veneers with CEREC technology. These restorations can be made of ceramic, composite, silicate core or a combination of multiple materials.

Talk with our dentist to see exactly what's available in your situation.

2. Can You Make Metal Crowns With CEREC?

Generally, CEREC can only work with non-metal materials. If you prefer metal or gold crowns for any reason, you need to ask the dentist to send your impressions to a lab. Then, the lab can craft what you need from metal.

3. How Long Has CEREC Been Around?

Many dentists have just started using CEREC technology in their clinics, but the technology is not new. The first machines were used in Germany in 1980, but contemporary machines have changed a lot compared to their early counterparts.

In fact, after nearly 30 years of development, contemporary CEREC machines are now so advanced that even a "beginner" can use them with practically perfect results.

4. How Does CEREC Work?

Generally, the process starts with a high definition camera taking images of your teeth. Then, the dental team uploads the images into the CEREC software. At that point, the milling machine uses the information from the images to carve the end product.

The two most important technological elements in this process are 3D photography, CAD or computer-aided design technology and CAM computer-aided manufacturing technology.  

5. How Precise Is CEREC?

This technology makes incredibly precise restorations, and the discrepancy is within one thousandth of a millimeter. This is much more precise than the most precise dental restorations were a generation ago.

However, CEREC doesn't just create a tooth that's the right shape, it goes beyond that and creates restorative dental work that perfectly matches the rest of your mouth. These tooth restorations will match the color and transparency of your teeth and their unique contours.  

6. What Is the Advantage of CEREC?

The key advantage of CEREC is speed. Instead of having to wait days or weeks to get a crown or other dental prosthetic made, you can get it all done in the same appointment. In fact, once the images have been taken, the actual process of creating the restoration only takes five to ten minutes. That saves time, and in many cases, CEREC even helps to lower the price of the procedure.

Additionally, you don't have to get a mold made. If you don't like the texture of molding material, you may prefer the 3D photography involved with CEREC.

7. Is CEREC the Same as 3D Printing?

CEREC is similar to 3D printing, but it does not rely on that technology. Rather, the process involves milling. Milling means that the dental prosthetic is essentially carved out of the material. In contrast, with 3D printing, the final product is typically made with out of layers that are stacked on top of each other to create the desired design.

At our clinic, we combine CEREC with other technologies such as computerized x-rays and digital files. Ultimately, all of that works together to make your dental care experience more efficient and more convenient. Ready to make an appointment? Whether you want a same day crown or another type of treatment, call us today.
By Tanya Powell 13 Sep, 2017
At Cherry Hill Dentistry, we offer CEREC tooth restorations. CEREC stands for Chair side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic,and this technology allows us to offer same day tooth restorations. We find that patients often have questions about this process so this blog provides answers to some of the most common questions we hear about CEREC.
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