What Is CEREC Dentistry?
CEREC dentistry is an extraordinary technique that uses Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to perform restorative dental work on patients.
It combines advanced computer software with an on-site milling machine that enables dentists to scan your teeth, create a mould and have you fitted for it – all in one visit.
One of the biggest benefits of using CEREC dentistry is the use of specialist ceramic for restorations. Ceramic is a bio-inert material that’s similar to porcelain. Not only is it safe, strong and durable, it mimics the natural physical properties of a real tooth. We’re able to match the ceramic restoration to the exact colour of your natural teeth so you won’t even be able to tell the difference.
The use of ceramic has eliminated the need for metal in fillings. For over 100 years, dentists in Australia have been filling teeth with amalgam which contains the potentially harmful substance of mercury. At StarKlinics, we never use amalgam for fillings.
CEREC dentistry allows us to repair your teeth using ceramic quickly and conveniently. Walk-in with a damaged tooth – walk out with a restored tooth that’s better than new!
How Does CEREC Dentistry Work?
The CEREC dentistry procedure is simple, pain-free and greatly speeds up the process of restoring a tooth. Conventional restorative dentistry typically requires 2-3 trips to the dentist. This involves filling the affected tooth or teeth, making an impression, creating a mould, putting in a temporary cap for a couple of weeks and finally being fitted for the permanent crown.
CEREC dentistry has cut this time down to an incredible 1-2 hours for most procedures. No messy impressions or temporary caps are needed.
When you come in to see us, we’ll take some 3d scans of your mouth which produces a precise, high-definition 3d model of your teeth. The images are sent wirelessly to our CEREC milling machine in the clinic which will perfectly mould your new tooth while you watch. The end result will flawlessly mimic your natural teeth, even down to the exact colour!
The final step is to glaze and seamlessly bond the restored tooth – a process that will strengthen the tooth and seal it at the same time.
The entire process is fast, comfortable and pain-free. We can even achieve multiple restorations in a single visit.
The Benefits Of CEREC Dentistry
CEREC dentistry is being used to fast-track common restorative procedures and give patients a superior result in a short amount of time. The CEREC system’s unique ability to design a new tooth and construct it in just one session has made it a very popular choice for many patients.
Some of the benefits include:
· Can usually be completed in 1-2 hours
· Saves you time and money with no multiple bookings
· It’s pain-free and minimally-invasive
· No temporary caps needed
· Uses CAD/CAM technology to scan, mill and mould teeth while you watch
· More precise than conventional restorative dentistry
· Able to be matched to the colour of your natural teeth
· Uses ceramic that’s safe, durable and strong
· Fillings are completely amalgam-free
· Can replace poor restorative dental work completed previously
· Produces long-lasting results
· Multiple restorations can be achieved in one visit
Who Can Benefit From Having A CEREC Restoration?
If you’re suffering with decayed, broken, cracked or chipped teeth, you can benefit from CEREC dentistry. It’s a popular method for those needing fillings, crowns and veneers due to its realistic appearance and its ability to be achieved in a matter of hours.
It’s also a fantastic option for our older patients who may have had poor restorative procedures done in the past that are now failing or falling out. Often, these people had conventional dentistry performed years ago that used traditional methods to repair teeth with fillings, crowns and veneers. CEREC dentistry can replace the old restorations with a metal-free and stronger alternative for a more superior and long-lasting result.
How CEREC Restorations Work With Dental Implants
Our CEREC dental restorations work perfectly for patients who have been fitted with dental implants.
Dental implants are metal posts that are inserted into the jawbone where a tooth is missing in order to re-establish the lost connection between jawbone and tooth. A dental prosthetic, such as a crown or bridge, is then placed on top of the implant for a fully-functional and permanent new smile.
Dental implants are vastly superior to dentures. While dentures are removable and can accelerate bone loss, dental implants are fixed into your jawbone for stability and comfort. Implants increase the presence of bone and support healthy gums and teeth.
We use CEREC dentistry to design the dental crowns and bridges that are used as a dental prosthesis over a dental implant.