CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) is a new state-of-the-art method that offers single-day reconstruction of tooth/teeth using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology.With CEREC®’s CAD/CAM technology, dentists can perform complex restorations faster, more efficiently and sometimes more accurately, all in one single visit, in their dental office. CEREC can construct restorations like crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers, bridges and implant-supported restorations from high-strength ceramic. At German Dental & Neuromuscular Clinic, we use CEREC®’s CAD/CAM technology to offer our patients single visit treatments using digital impressions.
1. Tooth Preparation: The dentist prepares the area for the patient’s restoration by cleaning and removing all decay.
2. Intraoral Scanning: Using an optical scanner, the tooth preparation and surrounding teeth are digitally captured to create a 3D custom image.
3. Restoration Design: CEREC technology converts the image into a 3D Virtual model and the software creates the final restoration.
4. Milling: CEREC, with the help of a milling machine, takes the design and shapes the crown, veneer, inlay, onlay, or bridge from a single block of ceramic.
5. Sintering and Polishing: The restoration is stained to look more natural before being polished.
6. Cementation: The dentist permanently places the restoration in the patient’s mouth to complete the treatment.
The entire process could take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the case. Despite that, CAD/CAM requires less time and effort than traditional laboratory methods.
The use of CAD/CAM technology provides benefits not only for dental professionals but also for patients. Some of the significant advantages include:
4. Improves The Quality of Restoration: Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing allows to design and create a precise and accurate dental restoration.
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