Cerec in 2015

Cerec is our 3D scanning system that lets us make porcelain crowns and inlays all in one visit.  We have now been using Cerec for 4 years and love it more than ever. The software has been updated and we have new types of porcelain to use.

Cerec is great to use to replace old black amalgam fillings when one last bit of tooth has pinged off. The porcelain restoration is bonded on to the tooth, it is strong and shiny and the closest material to original actual tooth material that there is. It sticks weak areas together and strengthens the tooth. It is easy to keep clean and looks good.

So what is the procedure? The tooth is numbed. To pick up the scan we have to  spray the  teeth with blue powder. We scan the opposite teeth and the way the teeth bite together first. We remove the old filling , any decay and any thin weak tooth material.  We scan the prepared tooth.

After this we stop working in the mouth and start working on the computer. Everybody enjoys seeing the pictures of their teeth and the designing of their new tooth. We make a 3D design and this information is sent to the milling unit.

Everyone asks if  this is like 3D printing  and yes it is-but the tooth isn’t built up layer by layer, it is cut back from a block in the milling machine which is much stronger. With some kinds of porcelain we use  the new tooth is ready straight away, which is fantastic. When we make Emax, the strongest porcelain we have, the 3D restoration has to be crystallised and glazed  to make it even stronger. This takes about 30 minutes.

The porcelain is treated with a strong etch to make it ready to bond. The tooth surface is treated also so that everything sticks as well as possible. We always want to keep the area  as dry as we can for excellent bonding strength. The cement we use isn’t really cement at all, it’s a resin, made by 3M (who make the glue that holds aeroplane wings on.)

In goes the 3D porcelain restoration and then we tidy up! We have to make sure that you can bite properly, that it’s smooth and that you can floss.

Then you can enjoy your new tooth.


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