CEREC® stands for Ceramic Reconstruction. The reason that everyone is getting so excited about it is because it allows damaged or missing tooth structures to be replaced with a ceramic material that is incredibly close to the look and feel of a natural tooth. And it’s really easy to handle too – it’s an in-surgery computer system that is accessible at your local dentist. The whole thing can be done swiftly in just the one trip, whether that’s ceramic porcelain inlays/onlays crowns or veneers. The total appointment normally takes around an hour, both the making and the fitting of the new tooth structures.
When is CEREC® appropriate? CEREC® can be used for a single tooth or where multiple teeth need to be restored. Everything from fillings and inlays to veneers and crowns can be done in one easy session – there’s no waiting around and no need for multiple appointments.
Why is it so fast? There’s no need for impressions with CEREC®, the tooth restoration is carried out straight away. There are no temporary measures, such as caps, to worry about and no need to wait for materials that would normally be required to correct your tooth damage to be created elsewhere and then be delivered to your dentist.
What is CEREC®? CEREC® has been designed to mimic your natural tooth enamel. It is bio-inert and all ceramic, similar in substance to porcelain. The nature of CEREC means that it’s the perfect choice for restoring your teeth, no matter what the damage that needs to be corrected.
Why is CEREC® better than silver amalgam? CEREC® is the perfect material for replacing old fillings, whether they are white fillings or metal. Silver fillings will eventually leak into your teeth over the years and this can be dangerous as they contain mercury. White fillings are fine for small cavities but not as effective as CEREC® when it comes to more sizeable issues. With CEREC® you’ll have no metal in your mouth and there is less loss of tooth tissue too and less drilling to endure.
CEREC® is more effective than most. Even if your teeth are badly damaged and would normally need to be removed, CEREC® can save them. Restorations using CEREC® are incredibly long lasting, with a life span of up to 20 years or more so opting for this material over others can cut down the amount of time you spend at the dentist.