Dentistry has advanced in enormous strides over the last twenty years. The old image of the dentist with trays of metal tools and drills is fast becoming a thing of the past as dentists embrace the very latest technologies to provide stunning results with minimum pain and fuss. One of the very latest of these technologies is CEREC. CEREC stands for ceramic reconstruction and is a revolutionary system that allows dentists to design, make and fit a new crown in only one visit. Using previous methods it would have taken at least two weeks to make the crown if not significantly longer.
CEREC is able to work because instead of taking a mold of your teeth in the traditional style, using putty, a digital image is taken using a 3D camera. This image is transferred to a computer where a dentist can examine it before beginning the fabrication process. This involves milling the tooth from a ceramic block in a process that lasts as little as an astonishing six minutes.
The ceramic comes in a variety of colours and shades so a near perfect match can be found for your teeth, and the dentist can also stain the crown to make it look even more realistic. The ceramic is then prepared finally before being cemented onto the prepared tooth.
CEREC utilises what is known as CAD/CAM technology, which means computer aided design/ computer aided manufacture, which is the very latest in dental technology. Not only does it provide stunningly accurate results, it does so in a fraction of the time. Everything is carried out in a single visit and your dentist will be in complete control of the process. Dentists in Toxteth are using CEREC technology to repair smiles and cut waiting times. Ask your dentist if CEREC technology could work for you and you could have a perfect ceramic crown made for you in minutes.