What is CEREC ? Why should I opt for it?

What is CEREC ? Why should I opt for it?

What is CEREC ? Why should I opt for it?

What is CEREC ? Why should I opt for it?

What is CEREC ? Why should I opt for it?
CEREC or Cerec  (Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction) is a method of CAD/CAM dentistry followed these days.
CEREC technology allows your dentist to take digital impressions, design and produce well fitting ceramic restorations in a single appointment.



Steps involved in CEREC 

1. Intra- oral Scanning

A digital scanner  is used to record the preparation by the dentist.
This is faster, comfortable and more accurate than traditional impressions.
Omnicam, our small powder-free color camera, provides  precise 3D images in natural color.

2. Designing

Dentist designs the restoration on the virtual models obtained after Intraoral scanning using proprietary software. The restorations so designed are accurate and the dentist can stimulate the movement of jaws by using virtual articulation to design a well fitting and comfortable restoration.
The dentist  then passes on the finished construction within the office’s network or sends it wirelessly to a milling machine.

3. Milling

Depending on the type of restoration, it is then milled out of a color-matched ceramic block in just 6 to 15 minutes using diamond-coated milling units.
The CEREC grinding ,milling unit and  software are optimally matched.
Milling/grinding the (solid zirconia) restoration design is extremely precise, giving the restorations smooth surfaces and edges and very fine fissures.

4. Sintering , Crystallization Glazing and Polishing

The dentist can then add the finishing touches to the restoration by painting, polishing, and glazing it, before cementing it (the more traditional option) or bonding it, depending on the type of ceramic used.
Full-contour zirconia restorations are sintered and glazed chairside and cemented.
Some materials allow the dentist to just polish them and bond with great speed and accuracy.


What all restorations can my Dentist do using CEREC ?

It  is a versatile and flexible system and your dentist can provide you with following restorations
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Implant Crowns
  • Surgical Guides for Implant placement.
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Night Guards
  • Smile Designing


What are the advantages for me as a patient, and why should I go to a dentist using CEREC ?

There are many advantages, some being
  • Comfortable : 

Digital impressions are more comfortable than traditional Impressions, usually for patients with severe gag reflex.
  • Accurate and Precise

The digital mapping technology of CEREC is more accurate and therefore precise restorations can be designed.
  •  Faster

Same day Restorations or better still Single Visit Treatment possible.
Reduced  amount of follow-up work and time-intensive occlusion adjustment that was often necessary in the past.
  • Economical

By getting more done in one visit you as a patient save lots of time and money, which would have been spent in commuting.
CEREC restorations polished and milled with the aid of a computer last significantly longer than other restorations.
  • Versatile

This  being an open system the dentist has a flexibility to use different materials for specific indications.


CEREC is a truly magical way of practicing dentistry.