CEREC restorations explained

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Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

This post should probably be called “How to see less of your dentist even if you have problem teeth” because that’s exactly what CEREC restorations are about. CEREC is dental technology that allows you to restore issues with your teeth must faster than traditional treatments – usually in a single visit.

What is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Allow us to translate.

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (computed aided design and computer aided manufacturing) technology to take impressions of your teeth quickly and make a precise mould on the spot. CEREC technology can be used for all types of ceramic restorations – we’re talking veneers, crowns, onlays and inlays.

How can CEREC help me?

Patients love CEREC technology because it speeds up the process of dental restorations. That means if you are having problems with your teeth, you can get everything done in one trip vs going back for multiple visits. Another bonus is that CEREC restorations can have a longer lifespan than traditional methods.

How does CEREC technology work?

CEREC uses the latest technology to simplify the process of dental restoration. A digital scanner is used to take an impression of your teeth. This 3D image is then used to make a mould that is more accurate that traditional plaster impressions. CEREC then uses moulded ceramic to create a realistic looking restoration (crown, inlay, onlay or veneer) that is very durable.

What does CEREC feel like?

Nobody likes to hear that you need a crown, inlay, onlay or veneer but CEREC’s non-invasive digital imaging makes the whole process much faster and more comfortable than traditional dental treatment. One of the biggest benefits of CEREC is that everything gets done in a single visit with no temporary fittings and no messy moulds.

Is CEREC more expensive?

Restorative dental procedures like crowns or veneers have traditionally required many trips to the dentist. For most of us, this means juggling commitments and time off work. Cost and inconvenience can really escalate. CEREC treatments are more affordable because you don’t need multiple visits for your treatment. Even the most complex restorations can be done in a single visit.

Search ineedadentist.com to find a dentist near you who offers CEREC restorative treatments.

I grew up in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. I graduated from the School of Dentisty at University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa (1999). After graduating, I started a private practice in Howick, South Africa, which I held for 17 years. In 2003, I attended University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) where I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Dentistry (lmplantology). In 2010, I moved to Auckland New Zealand, where I worked for the Lumino Dental Group. It was an exciting adventure to live and work in a new country. In 2011, I moved to Wollongong, NSW, Australia, where I worked at a large group practice.