Computerized Dentistry

What is CEREC?

CEREC 3D uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, a computer and a milling machine in one single instrument.

How does the CEREC work?

  • The dentist uses a special 3D camera to take an accurate optical impression of the damaged tooth.
  • This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a colored computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration.
  • Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits (20-30 minutes).
  • Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about an hour.

Advantages of CEREC 3D

  • Requires a single visit only.
  • No need for the dentist to take impressions; dropping the lab step.
  • The restoration is natural looking, as it is made out of tooth-colored ceramic material, which is biocompatible, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant.