Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware
that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge
innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing
less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called
CEREC 3D, allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored
ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.
What is CEREC 3D?
CEREC 3D is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a
single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural
color of other teeth.
How does the instrument work?
CEREC 3D uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology,
incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist
uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical
impression is transferred and displayed on a color 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. Finally, the dentist bonds the
new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one
What does this innovation mean for a patient?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The
filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and
plaqueresistant. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions
and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated.
What Kinds of Procedures Can It Perform?
- Partial and full crowns
- All other single-tooth restorations
What Are the Advantages CEREC 3D Offers?
- The dentist performs the restoration in a single session, usually in less than one
- No need for the dentist to make an impression and send it to a lab
- No return visits for the patient
- The restoration is natural looking, as it is made out of tooth-colored ceramic material
- Ceramic material is biocompatible, high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant
- Metal-free -- no silver-colored fillings
- Allows dentist to save more of the healthy tooth
- Extremely precise
CEREC 3D has over a decade of clinical research and documentation to support the
technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.