How does CEREC work?

Treatment with CEREC involves the following:

  • The dentist will prepare your tooth in the usual manner. This means using a small drill (called a ‘burr) to reshape the tooth so that it easily accommodates the crown.
  • Instead of making a wax mould of your teeth, the dentist will use a special camera to take an image of your teeth which is then uploaded to the design unit.
  • The design unit uses CAD/CAM software which enables the dentist to create a 3D model of your new tooth. This model will act as a blueprint for the restoration.
  • The dentist will then use his/her onsite milling machine which creates your new tooth from a block of high quality ceramic. There are many different types of ceramic and the dentist will choose the one that best matches your teeth.
  • Once the tooth is ready he or she may stain it so that its colour matches the rest of your teeth, before a final polish.
  • If you are both happy with it then your dentist will cement your new restoration securely in place.

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