CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It’s a state-of-the-art dental technology that allows dentists to design, create, and place dental restorations like crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays in a single dental appointment. CEREC technology streamlines the traditional process of creating dental restorations, which often requires multiple visits and the use of temporary restorations.
Here’s how the CEREC process typically works:
Digital Scanning: The dentist uses a 3D digital scanner to capture detailed images of the patient’s teeth and the area that needs restoration. These digital impressions eliminate the need for traditional molds or impressions.
Design: The digital impressions are used to create a virtual 3D model of the restoration on a computer. The dentist can customize the design to ensure optimal fit, aesthetics, and functionality.
Milling: The design is sent to a milling machine located in the dental office. The machine uses a block of ceramic material to precisely carve the restoration based on the digital design.
Placement: Once the restoration is ready, which often takes just a short time, the dentist can bond it directly to the patient’s tooth. The fit, color, and appearance are checked to ensure it blends seamlessly with the natural teeth.
CEREC technology offers several advantages:
- One-Visit Convenience: The entire process, from scanning to placement, can be completed in a single appointment.
- Accuracy: Digital impressions and precise milling technology lead to highly accurate and well-fitting restorations.
- No Temporary Restorations: Patients don’t need to wear temporary crowns or restorations between appointments.
- Aesthetics: The use of high-quality ceramic materials provides natural-looking restorations that match the color and translucency of natural teeth.
CEREC technology has revolutionized the way dental restorations are created, providing patients with efficient, accurate, and aesthetically pleasing results in a single visit to the dentist.