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CEREC – Process | Technology | Benefits | Applications | Solutions

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) today remains an innovation which is computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacture (CAD/CAM) development. CEREC provides a durable, cosmetic, nonmetal restorations like crowns, veneers, and much more in only one appointment.  Sometimes it takes less than an hour, and it contributes markedly to quality care and patient satisfaction. CEREC has a documented success rate of more than 90% in the recent most researched restorative systems in the market.  Ou office has this high-tech precision machinery and computer machinery to produce custom repairs that contain veneers, inlays, 3/4 crowns, full crowns, and Onlays. With ongoing research and development, the CEREC system has earned its role in dental history as the technology that gives patients one of the most excellent restorations in the world in only one visit. With CEREC, the dentist can economically repair damaged or broken teeth all in a single appointment using a superior ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.

Brief History of CEREC

CEREC is a new method of CAD/CAM dentistry.  A technology for restoring damaged teeth and dental restoration which was developed by Prof. Werner H. Mörmann and Dr. Marco Brandestini at the University of Zurich in early 1980. CEREC I and CEREC 2 were based on two-dimensional (2D) technology. CEREC 3 systems and software’s built on three-dimensional (3D) technology allowed dentists to construct restorations based on computer-generated three-dimensional models using the computer. The CEREC Bluecam, based in short-wave blue light, significantly increased the level of precision. In 2011-2012, came the CEREC Omnicam intraoral camera, the 4.0 version software which streamlined the user interface with intuitive menu navigation. The latest development is the powder-free digital impressions in natural colors.

CEREC Process And Technology

CEREC is a process that allows dentists to construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations directly at the point of (Chairside) treatment in a single appointment.  The dentist carries out various steps, from digital impressions and computer-based construction of the restoration to the milling process, inside their office as a chairside treatment. The dentist uses the intraoral camera to take photographs of the preparation, the antagonist teeth, and the bite situation. Based on the precision images, the CEREC software creates a virtual model of the patient’s tooth situation. The dentist uses the model to develop the tooth/teeth restoration on the screen and then sends it to fabricate complete or partial dental restorations based on digital designs. Approximately it takes about 6 to 15 minutes using diamond-coated milling units. The dentist can then add the finishing touches to the restoration by painting, polishing, and glazing before cementing or adhesively integrating depending on the type of ceramic used.

Benefits And Application of CEREC

  • Integrated ceramic restorations in a single appointment
  • Crows tooth-like physical and aesthetic qualities
  • Digital and precise impressions, more comfortable
  • Reduced follow-up work and time-intensive occlusions
  • Saves considerable time as the patient does not have to make several visits
  • Long life span, lasts up to ten-years
  • The success rate of CEREC is 95.5 percent
  • More accurate imaging– three-dimensional X-ray technology
  • CEREC is used for prosthetic and surgical implant planning and achieves the intended treatment results
  • Creates a virtual restoration
  • Spares the discomfort of having to use a conventional impression tray
  • Make a positive financial impact, giving the patients trilling results
  • CEREC aids restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function
  • Milled ceramic is stronger, makes the smile stay beautiful for years
  • CEREC material and technology is used for fillings

The CEREC solution covers three key areas:

  • Restorations

Restorations are several ways your dentist choose to use to substitute or repair misplaced teeth/tooth or missing parts of the tooth structure.  The tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, or a fracture or broken tooth. Examples of restorations include filling, crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures. The CEREC processes help you in this restoration process. It lets you receive your permanent restoration. CEREC restorations are capable of enduring adequate chewing, making it last for years. The lifespan of a CEREC restoration is lengthier than conventional methods. CEREC digital impressions make a mold for the filling faster.  It is more comfortable and accurate than traditional impressions with plaster. Besides, the color of CEREC ceramic is closer to the color of your natural teeth, making restoration virtually unnoticeable.

  • Implantology

A dental implant is a clinical fixture placed into the jawbone.  After setting for a few months, it is allowed to fuse with the bone. The dental implant acts as a spare for the root of a missing tooth. The “artificial tooth root” helps to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.  This process is called “osseointegration.”  Extraordinary resolution imaging is used to analyze 3-dimensional views of oral structures in the implant treatment planning process. The CEREC 3D imaging gives the ability to rotate tooth and jawbone structures for 360-degree viewing, provides and guides placement of your dental implant.  

  • Orthodontics

Deals with abnormalities of the teeth/tooth and jaw.  The Orthodontic care involves the use of braces that helps straighten teeth, correct problems with bites, close openings between teeth, and align lips and teeth correctly.  Ortho treatment begins with a detailed examination and analysis of your teeth using 3D photos, impressions, and digital radiographs using CEREC CAD/CAM.  CEREC Ortho Software, the CEREC Omnicam Systems are secure, fast, and comfortably helps with digital models of intraoral guided scanning, which allows with seamless digital impressions.  Faster processing, safe and reliable, which orthodontic specialists use and like.

Today, the CEREC method has been recognized internationally and has a sibling in the dental laboratory, the CEREC inLab. The unique feature in dental CAD/CAM technology is that it enables the dentist to capture the tooth preparation directly in the mouth of the patient.  CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer, and milling machine in one instrument.  CEREC allows the dentist to create and seat a ceramic restoration in one appointment. The CEREC CAD/CAM concept is becoming a significant part of dentistry and dental digital impressions. The digital dentistry will continue to deliver increasing value to the patients of Dr. Mohamed Ali and the dentists around the globe.

At the office of Dr. Mohamed Ali, San Francisco, we accept all major dental and medical PPO insurances, thereby reducing your worry about the cost of dental implant treatment or any oral surgeries. We also have a tremendously experienced and caring staff who will provide life-long care, maintenance, and support. Our dental office is also equipped with all the modern technologies like CEREC® CAD/CAM, CT-Scan, Intravenous Sedation, Platelet Rich Fibrin, etc. to provide nothing less than the best of services. You will be completely at ease for any of your oral screening procedures. Feel free to get in touch with us to schedule your free consultation.

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