What is CEREC ® and why does it mat­ter?

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

The Den­tal In­dus­try has been swiftly evolv­ing over the years. New technology and tech­niques con­tinue to sur­face and Dr Golestani at Den­tal 359 - Malo Clinic in Subiaco har­nesses this power of in­no­va­tion to en­sure his pa­tients are al­ways able to ac­cess the high­est qual­ity den­tal care.

One such in­no­va­tion which con­tin­ues to yield out­stand­ing re­sults is CEREC®.

WHAT IS CEREC?

CEREC or Cerec (Chair­side Eco­nom­i­cal Restora­tion of Es­thetic Ce­ram­ics, or Ce­ramic Re­con­struc­tion) is a method of CAD/CAM den­tistry de­vel­oped by W. Mör­mann and M. Bran­des­tini at the Univer­sity of Zurich in 1980 for cre­at­ing den­tal restora­tions. Us­ing CAD/CAM ( com­puter- aided de­sign and com­puter-aided man­u­fac­tur­ing), CEREC aids den­tists to de­sign, pro­duce, and in­sert in­di­vid­ual metal-free ce­ramic restora­tions di­rectly at the point of treat­ment (chair­side) in a sin­gle ap­point­ment. The den­tist de­signs a vir­tual restora­tion (on­lay, in­lay, crown, or bridge) without tak­ing im­pres­sions and com­bined with a milling unit, is able to build the ac­tual restora­tion while you are still in the chair.

While it might sound like a fancy ‘gad­get’, CEREC is ac­tu­ally much more. In the hands of a skilled and ex­pe­ri­enced CEREC ® den­tist it is a pow­er­ful tool that pro­pels us into a new way of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mod­ern den­tistry which can be ef­fi­cient, aes­thet­i­cally beau­ti­ful and in many cases cost ef­fec­tive com­pared to other den­tal treat­ments.

HOWCAN CEREC HELP YOU AS A PA­TIENT:

CEREC restora­tions such as in­lays, on­lays, ve­neers and crowns, de­liv­ered in a sin­gle ap­point­ment, are the su­pe­rior choice for tooth restora­tion in many cases. Clin­i­cal stud­ies show an 84% suc­cess rate of CEREC restora­tions after 18 years (1). This far ex­ceeds the life­span of con­ven­tional restora­tions.

The qual­ity, ac­cu­racy, dura­bil­ity and func­tion of a CEREC restora­tion ab­so­lutely out­shines older ma­te­ri­als and meth­ods of restor­ing and pre­serv­ing den­ti­tion.

Dr Golestani is pas­sion­ate about aes­thetic den­tistry, be­ing the art and beauty of smiles. With CEREC, he is able to pro­vide just that without com­pro­mis­ing strength and longevity.

After pain­less prepa­ra­tion of the teeth in­di­cated, CEREC restora­tions are in­tri­cately milled while you wait. CAD/ CAM technology and spe­cialised milling pro­vides ab­so­lute pre­ci­sion restora­tions ev­ery time. The unique restora­tion is then bonded to the tooth with spe­cialised resins.

HOWDOYOU KNOWIF YOU NEED A CEREC RESTORA­TION?

If you have been told you need a new crown, in­lay, on­lay or bridge, you may be a CEREC can­di­date. If you have a cracked tooth, old metal or mer­cury fill­ings, or den­tal de­cay on your teeth, you may be a CEREC can­di­date. If you are in­ter­ested in re­plac­ing old metal restora­tions with bio­com­pat­i­ble restora­tions, you might be a CEREC can­di­date. Es­sen­tially, any large restora­tion in your mouth may be a pos­si­ble can­di­date for a CEREC restora­tion. IF an old restora­tion needs re­plac­ing, CEREC may be a good op­tion for you.

HOWITWORKS:

The equip­ment and soft­ware are highly ad­vanced and al­low 3D dig­i­tal scans of the teeth and sur­round­ing tis­sues to be taken; elim­i­nat­ing the need for im­pres­sions. The cav­ity prepa­ra­tion is first pho­tographed and stored as a three di­men­sional dig­i­tal model and pro­pri­etary soft­ware is then used to approximate the restora­tion shape us­ing bio­generic com­par­isons to sur­round­ing teeth. The prac­ti­tioner then re­fines that model us­ing 3D CAD soft­ware. When the model is com­plete, a milling ma­chine carves the ac­tual restora­tion out of a ce­ramic block us­ing di­a­mond head cut­ters un­der com­puter con­trol. This ac­cu­rately de­signed restora­tion is milled while you wait com­fort­ably in the den­tal chair. When com­plete, the restora­tion is bonded to the tooth us­ing a resin. Restora­tions look out­stand­ing, are long last­ing, and are bio­com­pat­i­ble and metal-free.

THE FU­TURE OF DEN­TISTRY:

CAD/ CAM den­tistry such as CEREC is the fu­ture of den­tistry. Utiliz­ing mod­ern technology, a den­tist can pro­duce an ac­cu­rate, safe, bio­com­pat­i­ble den­tal crown, in­lay, on­lay, or bridge, in just one visit. Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances make the sys­tem eas­ier to use, more ac­cu­rate (so you get a bet­ter fit right away, which means great com­fort and fewer ad­just­ments later), and faster (sav­ing you time in the chair). More den­tists are turn­ing to this new technology. Some are new to the sys­tem. Oth­ers (like us) have been us­ing it for years. In fact, Dr Golestani has been us­ing the CEREC sys­tem for over 16 years and up­grades the equip­ment reg­u­larly to stay at the cut­ting edge of den­tal technology.

Dr Golestani has com­pleted thou­sands of CEREC restora­tions over the years and has the process down to a fine art. He re­mains pas­sion­ate about pro­vid­ing the most ad­vanced treat­ment op­tions to his pa­tients. Call Kayla, our pa­tient co­or­di­na­tor, for more in­for­ma­tion on CEREC and other pro­ce­dures we of­fer at Den­tal 359 Malo Clinic on 1300 625 625.

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