Your Oakleigh CEREC technology specialists
CEREC is a revolutionary system that enables your dentist to design, fabricate and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit, a procedure that would normally take at least two weeks. Dr Ron is extremely experienced in providing CEREC restorations.
How CEREC technology works
Dr Ron will prepare your tooth in the normal way he would before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point, instead of using dental putty to take an impression of your tooth, we take a digital image using a special camera. This image is then converted into a 3D computerised model of your tooth, which is used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once Dr Ron is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. The milling process can take between 6 and 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the tooth.
The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colours. We will select the best match for your surrounding teeth. Once the crown or veneer has been milled, your dentist may characterise it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth, before either polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your dentist will then cement the new restoration onto your prepared tooth.
The benefits of CEREC
There are several advantages to having treatment with CEREC over conventional, laboratory-made restorations.
- We complete the procedure in a single visit. You only need to take one day away from your work or life to have the procedure, instead of the usual two or three visits.
- Only one set of local anaesthetic injections. Since we complete the entire procedure within the hour, you only need to have one lot of injections.
- Your dentist is in complete control of the final result. Since your dentist designs and fabricates the crown or veneer, they have total control over how it will look and fit. A crown made in a laboratory is under the control of the technician who hasn’t even seen the patient.
- No temporary restorations. If you have lab-made veneers, you would require temporary veneers during the wait for your new teeth. These have been known to fall off and cause problems, something you can avoid with CEREC restorations.