What is a cerec?
Cerec is the name given to a procedure developed at Zurich University in 1985 and has been successfully deployed in dental practice since. Using a camera and a printer, the dentist has the ability to make crowns in one visit saving you time and money.
With a conventional crown manufacturing technique, the dentist would prepare your tooth and take copies using a putty like substance. This would be sent to a laboratory and returned 2 weeks later while the temporary plastic crown worn by the patient, would be replaced for the permanent one. The Cerec system eliminates the use of any outside laboratory, the unpleasant nature of mould taking or damage to your temporary plastic tooth for the interim period (risks such as temporary crowns coming off or fracturing are quite common). This means you can have your treatment in one day rather than a few weeks.
What is involved?
Your dentist will prepare your tooth in the normal conventional way. At this point instead of using putty to copy you tooth, a picture is taken of the tooth using a small pen like camera. The information is relayed to a powerful computer that coverts this data to produce a virtual 3D computerised model of you tooth. While you are having your coffee, the Dentist designs the crown shape, colour, morphology to match your other teeth and prints in minutes. The milling machine fabricates your crown from a high quality ceramic block. The block can be polished and glazed in a furnace, again on site, to make it look like the real thing. The new crown is glued in and the process is complete.
What are the benefits of a Cerec?
The Cerec can be used replace fillings, crowns and veneers in one visit. It eliminates the use of moulds that can distort, time wasted making temporary crowns and less hassle for you the patient. As it is one visit you only need to have the injection once meaning less time off work and more time doing what you want to.
What are the risks?
As with any crown, there is a risk of crown fracture. The various crown and filling options will be discussed with you when during your consultation with the Dentist who can provide you with more information. This depends on how badly the tooth is broken, its location etc..
If I am interested?
You can get more information from http://www.cereconline.com/. For a more tailored treatment plan for your broken tooth speak to one of our highly trained Dentists, who will be more than happy to help advise you further.Back to Blog
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