Cosmetic » CEREC / 1 Visit Smiles
Cerec is a highly advanced (dentist and computer guided) tooth restoration system that allows us to accurately strengthen and rebuild your decayed, broken or weakened tooth/teeth in just one visit, resulting in less time spent in the dental chair, and less disruption to your schedule. It also means fewer dental injections, and reduced use of dental instruments in your mouth. The benefits of CEREC go beyond simple convenience. Compared to traditional crowns and other restorations, CEREC’s strength and longevity are equal to, if not better than traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. The porcelain used in the CEREC process is four times as strong as the kind used in traditional crowns. And the margins of CEREC crowns blend so well that you cannot feel where the crown ends and the tooth begins. You also won’t notice any discoloration separating the two. We have several materials and types of porcelain that we can use with the CEREC machine which are the same choices that dental labs use. You will always get a strong, natural looking crown (with no metal) with CEREC crowns.
There are less than 40 of these systems in operation in Ireland currently.
The CEREC system produces dental restorations made of ceramic for natural looking and feeling teeth. Aside from looking a great deal more attractive, the ceramic restorations also come with added health benefits, such as increased strength and durability as well as a natural reaction to hot and cold sensations. A ceramic restoration also means that less of the natural tooth is lost when the restoration is placed.
How does it all work?
The CEREC Acquisition Unit houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera. We use the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth, which is used instead of the traditional impression technique (great news for people with a tendancy to gag). The computer and CEREC 3D software converts the digital picture to a three dimensional virtual model of your prepared tooth. We then design your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait and watch!
The data from the Acquisition Unit is sent to the milling unit and is used to direct two diamond coated burs to carve the ceramic block into the combined dentist and computer designed shape of the restoration. This process usually takes 8 to 18 minutes depending on the size of the restoration and the porcelain material chosen . The restoration is bonded to the tooth using a resin cement which bonds to both the restoration as well as the tooth itself.
For detailed studies on the strength, and durability of CEREC crowns please click here.