CEREC is a form of cosmetic dentistry that uses state-of-the-art computer aided design technology to enable our dentists to design, fabricate and fit a new crown, veneer, inlay or onlay in only in a single visit rather than 2 weeks. The ceramic material used is biocompatible with your natural tooth structure.
How does CEREC work?
Our dentist will prepare your tooth in the normal way that they would before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point, instead of using dental putty to take an impression of your tooth, a digital image is taken using a special camera. This image is then converted into a 3D computerized model of your tooth, which is used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once our dentist is happy with the newly designed tooth, the data is sent to an on-site milling machine, which fabricates your new tooth from a high quality ceramic block. The milling process can take anywhere from as little as 6 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the complexity of the tooth.
The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colours, and your tooth will be selected to match your surrounding teeth. Once the crown or veneer has been milled, the dentist may characterize it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth, before either polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your new restoration will then be cemented into place onto your prepared tooth. After this it is polished. The whole procedure for a single ceramic tooth replacement could take less than 2 hours.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.