What is CEREC?
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 if not more!
How does this technology work?
Dr Gorjifar 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, a digital image is taken using a special camera. This image is then converted into 3D computerised model of your tooth which is used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once he is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an on site milling machine which fabricates your new tooth from a high quality ceramic block. The milling process can take anywhere from as little as 6 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the exact technology and complexity of the tooth.
The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colours and is selected to match your surrounding teeth. Once the crown or veneer has been milled the Dr Gorjifar may characterise it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth in colour before either polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your new restoration will then be cemented into place onto your prepared tooth.
What are the benefits of CEREC to me?
There are several advantages to having treatment with CEREC over conventional laboratory made restorations:
Everything is carried out in a single visit – you only need to visit the dentist once and take one day away from your work or life to have the procedure instead of the usual 2 or 3 visits.
Only one set of local anaesthetic injections – simple, the entire procedure can be carried out within the hour you only need to have one lot of injections.
Your dentist is in complete control of the final result – since the crown or veneer is designed and fabricated from start to finish by your dentist he has total control over how it will look and fit, whereas a crown made in a laboratory is under the control of the technician who has not even seen the patient.
No temporary restorations – If you have lab made veneers you would require temporary veneers during the wait whilst your new teeth are being made by the technician. These have been known to fall off and cause problems which is a step that is omitted with CEREC restorations.
How much does this cost?
You would probably think that restorations made with this state of the art technology would cost a lot more than standard lab made veneers and crowns. However there is often very little if any difference in price because you only need one appointment with the dentist and there are no laboratory fees to incorporate into the price of your treatment. CEREC crowns can vary in price from as little as £380 up to £700+ per tooth. Many dentists offer interest free finance plans to help spread the costs of your treatment.