Dentistry patients (clients) and dentists wait for more advanced and comfortable technologies. Strength of teeth to be restored has to be harmonized with natural teeth. If teeth to be restored are stronger they will damage natural teeth, if they are weaker they will crack themselves. They have to be long-lived, functional and beautiful. And indirect teeth restoration (prosthesis) has to be comfortable, possibly short-term and cost-effective. Such teeth prosthesis porcelain restoration equipment and technology CEREC CAD/CAM was created and offered to dentistry clients and dentists by its manufacturer Sirona (Germany).
A word CEREC is derived from combination of English words - Ceramic Reconstruction. Thus, in CEREC technology different ceramics (porcelain) is used for teeth restoration. CEREC CAD/CAM equipment consists of three parts as follows: 3D laser scanner CEREC Bluecam or Omnicam, design art CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and fabrication part CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing). CAD is designed for computer design and CAM to fabricate any one to four teeth aesthetic porcelain restoration from simple inlays (as fillings, but porcelain) and onlays to crowns and ceramic veneers to client. Usually this equipment is called CEREC equipment.
CEREC allows to fabricate very precise ceramic restorations and to restore function, shape and beauty of your teeth in saving manner. In many cases the fillings are better to be replaced by CEREC porcelain restorations (especially in area of molars), because they are more accurate, functional and long-term. The most modern CEREC version (Biogeneric) that is acquired in VivaDens belongs to bioevolution course in which as a result of numerous scientific dental measurements, CEREC on its own suggests to dentist the best tooth shape also taking into account characteristics of client mouth and high-qualification dentist considering an actual situation and preferences of client may improve it more.
Usually teeth prosthesis with CEREC technology may be accomplished in single visit only. That supplements much the regular prosthesis and expands its possibilities. CEREC is a revolutionary step in restoration of damaged teeth. How much does it cost?
How does CEREC work?
Having determined after the consultation of dentist that the most suitable method of tooth restoration is ceramics restorations using CEREC system, the client arrives to prosthesis visit.
During the visit a dentist prepares a tooth for prosthesis - performs respective deep-cut preparation and prepares for taking digital impression coats a thin layer of special reflective powder.
It is known that the scanning process has a critical importance to accuracy of restorations and their function. Very precise up to 19 microns of precision, 3D laser scanner CEREC Bluecam or Omnicam is used to take digital impressions in CEREC system. Laser scanning is the most fast, comfortable and accurate. As a result the impression taking and model fabrication procedure in laboratory of dental technician are no more needed.
High technology Biogeneric software creates the restoration of necessary shape, color, inclination, etc. for damaged teeth according to scanned information about teeth, its antagonist teeth, bite characteristics, adjacent teeth or even according to morphology of undamaged teeth surface of at least one teeth anywhere in mouth. If any significant information is missing, then according to performed numerous dental scientific studies, the technical equipment and software suggest on their own the shape and other characteristics of damaged tooth.
When restoration is designed on computer, the precise design specifications are sent to milling machine CEREC MC XL which mills out the accurate restoration from ceramics (porcelain) block in 10-15 minutes that is ready to be bonded.
Then fabricated restoration is fitted, polished, if needed dyed additionally, glazed and bonded for permanence - Your tooth is restored back to natural structure, function and beauty.
What are advantages of CEREC technology to the client?
Usually single visit is enough for restoration of one to four teeth, because onlays, crowns, veneers and bridges are fabricated immediately in clinic; they are not sent to dental technician laboratory for fabrication. This way the treatment time is reduced to one visit, usually one does not need to wear temporary crowns, anesthesia is administered one time, and high precision and shape is guaranteed by computer. These are wonderful possibilities to client and dentist. Even more, they enable to reduce costs of teeth and mouth treatment.
Strong, tooth colored ceramic materials that closely match the formation of natural tooth structure and bio-compatible with soft mouth tissues are used for restorations that allow restoring the teeth of client to their natural strength, beauty and function. This means when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, CEREC restoration and natural tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. This way your tooth does not crack and you can go on enjoying your meals. Client may rejoice in high quality: aesthetics, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant restoration.
Possibility to respond immediately to the needs of client and emerged extra situation. For instance, a client broke the anterior teeth before his/her holiday. What to do? In such cases CEREC demonstrates its real advantages.
Examples of porcelain restorations performed with CEREC*
Client desired to have amalgams replaced and improve buccal corridor alignment.
Teeth preparation is performed in saving manner by removing only old amalgams, teeth are scanned by digital camera and designed on the computer.
Dentist selects the most suitable ceramic (porcelain) hybrid layered block which is used to mill out required computer designed restoration.
Finally prepared porcelain restorations look like natural teeth. In picture you may see inlays (smaller) and onlays of respective teeth.
When placing porcelain inlays and onlays on teeth (similarly like fillings) instead of regular full crowns teeth are saved.
Final result of teeth restored with CEREC!!
Client desired to have broken teeth repaired and remaining mercury fillings replaced to prevent the risk of further breaking more teeth.
AFTER In one visit with CEREC technology, the amalgam fillings were replaced and broken teeth restored with ceramic restorations.
Beautiful aesthetics: color-matching
Client desired to have gap closed and tooth shape changed to enhance smile zone.
Following teeth whitening procedure, ceramic veneer is designed by dentist using CEREC technology by matching the color.
The testimonials of more than 98 percent of clients treated with CEREC are "very good" or "good". CAD/CAM systems are used worldwide for more than 25 years. Independent scientific studies confirm that longevity of CEREC restorations is equivalent to god. And finally, probably the most important that provides unique possibilities to dentist as well as to client.
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