The field of dentistry is constantly evolving, with new techniques, procedures, materials and equipment refining this practice to ensure the absolute best in patient care. One area which we feel doesn’t get enough attention is CEREC Dentistry – which is the newest form of digital dentistry, and one which only a few dentists in Dublin alongside ourselves can provide. To find out a little more about this technology behind the teeth, this blog post will give you more details on what exactly this area is and how it might be of benefit to you.
CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction, which uses CAD/CAM (computer aided design and computer aided manufacture) dentistry to create dental restorations, such as crowns, inlays and veneers that look completely natural, fit perfectly and take much less time to produce. The CEREC system consists of a chair-side 3D acquisition centre and a CAD-CAM CEREC milling unit. Using this technology, we can design, build and successfully insert individual dental restorations for our patients in a single session.
Previously, this practice would have taken weeks of multiple appointments, as such it is obviously much faster, more efficient and more convenient for you as a patient. There are over 7 million same-day dental restorations carried out each year around the world using this technology, making it an increasingly popular option.
How does CEREC work?
When you book an appointment with us, we’ll talk you through the two stages of this process to establish if it’s right for you. Step one is the scanning stage – we’ll scan your mouth using a 3D camera and the computer then turns this into a 3D digital impression of your mouth. We’ll be looking at a complete picture of your mouth to get a better idea of your teeth, any gaps and your bite. This is a completely non-invasive procedure and shouldn’t be uncomfortable in the slightest.
In step two, we’ll use this 3D render to design the most suitable type of restoration for your tooth, and once we’re satisfied it’s perfect, the design is sent to the milling unit. Basically, this means your new tooth is milled using diamond burrs from a colour-matched ceramic block, and in most cases it can be produced in mere minutes. Our trained dentists will then add finishing touches by painting, polishing and glazing it so that it looks identical to your own teeth. All that’s left to do is for it to be fitted.
So do you think this treatment option is for you?
- Enjoy great aesthetics and durability from your newly designed tooth
- No need for uncomfortable mould impressions to be taken of the inside of your mouth, which can be inaccurate
- Faster, more comfortable and safer treatment for you
- Before, with traditional crown replacements, you needed to book several appointments, which means time off work and in between treatments you needed to wear an unpredictable temporary crown which quite often would fall off
- Great for nervous patients as there is much less time spent in the chair – after we’ve completed your initial scan, you can relax and watch TV or Netflix on the ceiling mounted 42″ TV screens while we prepare your tooth.
Are you ready to book an appointment with us? Call us on +353 (0)1 636 0192 or alternatively use our online enquiry form to find out more information about CEREC dentistry and speak to one of our expert team.