In today’s world, few of us have the time to visit the dentist for multiple appointments in order to receive dental treatment. At the same time, sitting for hours in a dental chair is not ideal either. One solution to this is called CEREC, a state-of-the-art machine that can make permanent crowns, veneers or onlays for you while you are still in the chair.
With CEREC (by Sirona), We Take a 3D Digital Picture of Your Teeth and use a Robotic Milling Machine to Make your Crowns and White Fillings While You Wait
CEREC stands for CEramic REConstruction, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics; this dental restoration product enables dentists to produce indirect ceramic dental restorations with the use of a number of computer-assisted technologies, such as CAD/CAM or 3D image photography. CEREC technology enables a patient’s teeth to be restored in a single dental appointment.
Our dentists at Acorn Dental Care make use of CEREC technology to provide patients with the permanent, all-ceramic crowns, onlays, or dental veneers – all in a single dental appointment!
This translates to the following benefits for the patients:
less downtime/time away from busy schedules
no 2nd dental appointment
no need for problematic temporaries
Here is how CEREC works:
The dentist will prepare your tooth using a small drill.
A special camera is then used to take an image of your teeth which is then uploaded to the design unit.
This image is uploaded to a CAD/CAM unit, which creates a 3D model of your new tooth.
The model is used by a milling machine, which creates your new tooth from a block of high quality ceramic that best matches your surrounding teeth.
The restoration is then fixed into place.
Accurate restoration that strengthens and supports the remaining tooth structure.
Quick and convenient solution that means you don’t need an extra visit to the practice, have to wear a temporary fitting for a few weeks or get anaesthesia twice!
A natural-looking restoration that blends in well with your surrounding teeth.
Depending on the extent of the repair required sometimes the full top surface of the tooth is removed.
A full onlay is then produced to replace the biting surface.
At Acorn Dental Your Dental Crown will be Electronically Milled in 3D Right Before Your Eyes!
The CEREC procedure at Acorn Dental will be carried out, and finished, in a single appointment
There is no need to go through multiple visits to the dentist for the teeth restorations to be completed and put into place – an experience that can both be uncomfortable and time-consuming. Teeth restorations through CEREC will only take 90 minutes to be completed, providing patients with much-improved smiles after just a few hours of treatment.
Advantages of CEREC Teeth Restorations
CEREC teeth restorations provide a lot of convenience for patients, since the procedure will be done and completed in one dental appointment. There is no need to go back to the dentist for multiple visits, just to have the much-needed teeth restorations to be completed and put into place. CEREC treatment in Slough makes it possible for a patient to go to an Acorn Dental Care dentist for the CEREC tooth restoration in the morning, and go home later that same day flashing a more confident, and much brighter, smile.
CEREC tooth restorations are more aesthetically pleasing compared to amalgam, gold, and other metals that have long been used as materials for restoring the teeth. CEREC uses ceramic materials that very closely resemble the colour of the natural teeth, to provide a much-improved smile that is very natural-looking.
The materials used for CEREC tooth restorations closely match the composition of natural teeth, making them very durable and functional. The CEREC tooth restoration materials will expand and contract normally when exposed to hot or cold temperatures, making the teeth restorations safe from cracking – so patients can enjoy their CEREC for a longer period of time.
If you require a filling in your tooth, a cosmetic option would be to choose a white filling material that matches the shade of your surrounding natural teeth. You can also have any existing metallic fillings replaced with tooth-coloured or ‘white’ fillings. This will allow you to smile without a metallic glint in sight, giving your teeth a more natural appearance overall.
Here is how white fillings work:
This is a safe procedure that entails the removal of any decay from your tooth, and taking out the metal or amalgam fillings if you are having them replaced.
The new filling is made from a very hard tooth-coloured substance and will withstand the forces in your mouth when you bite and chew over a long period of time.
The restoration is completed in one visit using CEREC technology, and your fillings will not be visible when you smile.
Improved cosmetic appearance of filled teeth while still being able to bite and chew as usual
Hard-wearing restorative solution.
Inlays & Onlays
Decayed or chipped teeth can often be repaired with white composite fillings that look natural, however if the damage is too substantial, particularly on the back teeth, then an inlay or onlay would be recommended. Inlays or onlays can be made from a number of strong materials such as metals or ceramics.
An inlay is a small filling that fits into the biting surface of a tooth. An onlay covers a larger area of the tooth and is better suited to bigger cavities. Gold was traditionally used for these types of restorations. However, in recent times hard-wearing tooth-coloured porcelain has become a more popular choice of material. This is a more aesthetic way to restore the teeth and creates a more natural-looking smile.
Here is how they work:
After an impression is made of your tooth, the inlay or onlay will be made in a dental laboratory by a technician.
While these are being made, you will wear a temporary filling. When your inlay or onlay is ready we will bond it into place using a special adhesive, after removing the temporary filling. Your restored tooth will not only look like a real tooth but also function like one, allowing you to bite, chew and eat without any discomfort.
Thanks to advances in digital technology (called CAD/CAM) porcelain inlays can be made in-clinic with the help of CEREC. This means you will need fewer visits to the dentist to have your tooth restored.
Preserves remaining tooth structure
Long-term aesthetic and functional solution
More About the New CEREC Bluecam (Digital Camera)
The CEREC Bluecam is a handheld acquisition camera which is used to capture highly-precise digital impressions, with the aid of a highly-visible blue LED (light emitting diode); this camera can capture more highly-accurate details compared to other cameras out in the market. The CEREC Bluecam optics technology makes it possible to achieve a higher depth of accuracy and field; the increased computing power of the CEREC Bluecam results to very detailed impressions that can easily be translated to precise 3D digital models. The features of the CEREC Bluecam provide more technologically advanced chair-side CAD/CAM use and applications for both single-tooth and multi-tooth restorations – in a manner that is efficient as well as convenient for the user.
The CEREC Bluecam captures images at an exceptional speed. The technology of the CEREC Bluecam enables it to sense when the area is in focus, and automatically captures the digital impression with a high level of detail and accuracy. As digital impressions can be captured by the CEREC Bluecam without user intervention, this results in a more efficient experience, with shorter acquisition times. The efficiency of use, combined with the high precision results, make the CEREC Bluecam ideal for both single tooth, and multi-tooth restoration applications.
CEREC Bluecam Features
The CEREC Bluecam uses a single image acquisition technique, which combines a few single images to come up with a 3D model. The camera can be used for single tooth restoration applications, and can also be used for each quadrant or even for the full jaw. The CEREC Bluecam can be placed directly onto the surface of powder-coated teeth to capture very precise digital impressions.
CEREC Bluecam Benefits
The use of CEREC Bluecam results to highly precise digital impressions, with the accuracy and efficiency of the results proven thousands of times in clinical practice. The CEREC Bluecam can capture more precise details than any other camera out in the market today.
CEREC Bluecam offers increased precision with the use of a uniformed field of illumination, capturing even the smallest details in the digital impression.
Powdered tooth surfaces quickly can be scanned, and digital impressions captured, in just a few seconds with the CEREC Bluecam. A half arch digital impression can be captured in just 40 seconds, while a full arch impression is captured in just two minutes.
The CEREC Bluecam is easy to operate. The lens of the CEREC Bluecam can be positioned over the area that needs to be captured; as the camera senses when the area is already in focus and automatically captures the image, it is now easy to get a digital impression without user intervention.
Dental Crown Options
A metal crown, covered in porcelain, is considered by many as traditional
But in certain light, this can make the tooth look dull and lifeless
An alternative is for the crown to be made of solid porcelain