CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, also sometimes abbreviated Ceramic Reconstruction. The idea of the technology is to enable patients to make a single trip to the dentist for a filling, instead of having to book multiple return visits. This service uses computer-aided scanning and design technology to fabricate custom dental prosthetics quickly while you wait in the dentist’s chair.
In the past, if you wanted a filling, crown, or inlay, you had to go to the dentist twice. On the first trip, the dentist would assess your dental complaint, take an impression of your teeth, and then provide you with a temporary restoration, if applicable.
After that, you had to wait a couple of weeks for the laboratory to fabricate your new prosthetic and then return to the dentist to have it fitted. It was a lot of hassle.
CEREC, however, gets around this problem by enabling your dentist to create the prosthetics you need in real-time. The dentist feeds the appropriate input to the machine, and then it builds your filling, crown, or inlay, depending on the treatment you need. It’s a much simpler process.
This also benefits from another advantage. Unlike traditional interventions, it is made of a single block of solid ceramic, not a pressed metal. Thus, it may last longer than conventional techniques too.
Are you interested in finding out more about CEREC? If so, get in touch with our friendly team of professionals today to discuss your treatment options. Call to book an appointment.