What exactly is CEREC and what can it do for me?

What exactly is CEREC and what can it do for me?

Have you ever walked into your dentist’s office and overheard people talking about CEREC? Or maybe you saw a poster about it during your last visit? Were you curious as to what it was?

Many people might not know about CEREC, since dentists only recently decided to use it. As a dental patient, it’s important that you get to know the latest trends in dentistry. Let’s talk more about CEREC and what it can do for you.


What is CEREC?

CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is a modern system of creating metal-free and high-quality restorations. The process involves using 3D photography, along with CAD/CAM technology to help dentists design a virtual restoration without taking impressions. CEREC has a milling unit as well as a cutting tool to carve materials. With this technological combination, the device is able to manufacture the actual restoration, all while you are sitting comfortably in the chair.


The Benefits of CEREC

CEREC revolutionises dentistry in a lot of ways. Since it is one of the most technologically sophisticated methods, it eliminates the need for messy impression trays and temporary crowns. Aside from that, you’d be able to have the restorations on the same day that you visited your dentist for a check-up, giving you the luxury of completing two appointments in one. CEREC uses biocompatible materials for making crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays, and these materials can be adjusted to match the natural color of your healthy teeth.


How do You Know if You Need a Cerec Restoration?

CEREC technology is used to create crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays, which you may need if:

  1. You need a large restoration placed.
  2. You have old restorations that are beginning to fail.
  3. Your teeth have a significant level of damage.
  4. You cracked a tooth.
  5. You want biocompatible restorations and replace old metal (mercury) restorations.
  6. Your dentist told you that you require a new crown, bridge, inlay or onlay.


Like any dental procedure, it helps to know as much about your options to help you make the decision that is right for you.