CEREC 3D is a dental restoration product that allows a dental practitioner to produce an indirect ceramic restoration using a variety of computer-assisted technologies, including 3D photography and CAD/CAM. With CEREC 3D, a persons tooth (or teeth) can be restored in a single sitting, rather than the multiple sittings required with earlier techniques. Additionally, with the latest software and hardware , crowns, veneers, onlays and inlays can be prepared, using various types of ceramic material. CEREC 3D is the latest generation of this technology. Click on this linkfor detailed photos: Digital Dentistry
In short, it is a crown, veneer, inlay or onlay that is made by a CEREC 3D machine. Once the dentist has prepared your tooth for one of the above restorations, the tooth is scanned by an electronic camera that allows you to see the image on a video screen. The restoration is designed from this scan and then the computer sends the design information to a milling chamber where the restoration is immediately crafted from a solid ceramic block. Why is a CEREC 3D restoration more desirable than a traditional restoration? There are three main advantages:
The restorations are made from ceramic: a natural substance that is particularly compatible with the body. CEREC 3D restorations have no metal, as with traditional PFM (porcelain-fused-to-metal) crowns, they have beautiful translucency and colour - as close as you can get to your natural teeth.
CEREC 3D restorations wear like tooth enamel: The ceramic material is very similar in hardness properties to natural tooth. Dental amalgam (silver filling) and composite (plastic filling) materials wear at a greater rate than enamel and can create additional problems over time.
Because the restoration is made by the CEREC 3D instead of being sent to a laboratory, your restoration can be completed in one appointment instead of the usual 2 appointments. Our patients avoid having to be anesthetized a second time, and do not experience any of the discomfort often associated with temporary restorations. The procedure, including milling time, takes approximately 2 hours, start to finish. Think of the time this saves just in commuting to the office for that extra appointment!
What is a CEREC 3D machine?
It is the latest generation of CEREC technology, and we have it available for our patients!