These two technologies were initially used in the manufacturing and assembly of cars, parts and precision tools. Recently, the technologies have been adapted in the dental industry to create more effective bridges, crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. This technology is also used in the production of abutments which are used in dental implant treatment. CAD and CAM technologies allow dentists to accurately scan and examine the teeth from different angles.
Dental restorations that are made using this technology are more natural-looking and stronger than what was available before. The technologies also result in restorations that are more comfortable to wear for patients.
Many patients prefer having their restorations in a single dental visit. CEREC is one of the latest technologies that make this a possibility. With this technology, patients no longer must make several trips to the dental office to have their restorations. The impressions can be made faster, more accurately and with just the customizations required. CEREC restorations are not only designed to mimic the color of the teeth but are also made of metal-free ceramic. These restorations are not highly invasive, so they promote a healthy tooth structure. They also remain intact once applied because they are chemically bonded to your natural teeth. CEREC restorations will expand and contract just like your teeth would when you consume food at different temperature.
CEREC uses CAD/ CAM technology to produce highly effective restorative dental devices. These restorations are produced within a short amount of time compared to other technologies. This enables patients to have their restorations in just one session.
Acquisition device: This is the part of the system with a high-quality camera that is attached to a computer. The purpose of this device is to take pictures of the tooth and make a 3D image which the dentist can use to design a proper ceramic restoration for the patient.
Three-Dimensional CAD software: This is a software that enables the dentist to rotate the 3D model of the tooth in order to ensure that the restoration will have the perfect fit.
Milling device: This device is used to build ceramic restorations. It shapes the block that matches the patient’s natural tooth color to create restorations that are in the proper shape.
Most dental restorations are performed in several steps that require multiple appointments before the treatment is complete. The first appointment allows the dentist to take impressions of your mouth and then mold the restorations that would be placed to fit perfectly in your mouth. A couple of weeks later, you will be required to visit the dental clinic again in order to have an injection where the dentist can remove the temporary restoration that may have been placed and install a permanent one. However, technologies like CEREC allow dental care to be offered in a single appointment. With this technology, the whole procedure can be competed at once. You don’t need to get impressions and temporary restorations in that first visit. You can come for one visit and leave with the attractive dental restorations on the same day. This is an ideal treatment for nervous patients who don’t like the idea of going for multiple appointments. Furthermore, CEREC restorations can be more affordable than other treatments.