Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or Ceramic Re-Construction is a technology developed specifically for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (also known as CAD / CAM) for dental restorations. This technology was first introduced in Germany during the 80’s. By utilizing the power of computers a dentist can construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations directly built in house rather than having the patient come over multiple appointments to complete his / her dental restoration works.
By digitizing the area which requires restoration the image is then sent directly to CEREC machine which in turn starts milling the ceramic dental restoration filling (crown etc..) within 6 – 15 minutes as per digital instruction sent by the digitizer with maximum level of accuracy and best possible natural look imitation.
The dentist can then add his / her finishing touches to the restoration by painting, polishing, and varnishing the final product, before cementing it or integrating it via several kinds of adhesives.
CEREC technology makes it possible to produce and integrate ceramic restorations in one appointment session. Needless to say this is time saving for both patients and dentists. In addition, current CEREC technology reduces the amount of follow-up work and time-intensive adjustments that was often necessary in the past. In other words, patients can save substantial amount of money by reducing the number of dentist visits to maybe only one. In parallel, the dentist can enjoy freer work schedule by minimizing the number of visits required per patient for restoration treatment hence allowing more patient appointment flexibility.
Furthermore, digital impressions don’t carry the risk of obtaining cemented traditional impressions which can eventually harden and damage some teeth. The digital mapping technology of CEREC charts the inside of the patient’s mouth completely and accurately ensuring that there is no issue with incorrect dental impressions which may lead to patient experiencing discomfort.
According to studies, the ten-year lifespan of CEREC inlays polished and milled with the aid of a computer is not only significantly longer than that of gold inlays, but also exceeds that of individually laboratory-manufactured ceramic inlays. Further clinical studies reveal that the success rate of CEREC restorations is 95.5 percent following a period of nine years and 84 percent after 18 years*
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It should be noted that Merhi Dental and Orthodontic Center offers CEREC however we can’t advise you to get this treatment unless you have been checked by one of our dentists. Only your attending dentist can diagnose your case thus he or she can prescribe the best treatment plan for you."