What is Cerec?
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or Cerec, is a dental restoration method used to fabricate dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, onlay in a single visit by the means of computer assisted technologies such as 3D Imaging, CAD/CAM software and Cerec proprietary software.

What are the advantages of Cerec over traditional methods?

  1. Single Appointment is sufficient for your dental restoration – Unlike other restoration techniques which require more than one appointment with your Leeds dentist, Cerec requires only one visit,during which the restoration, be it a veneer, crown or onlay, is prepared and fitted in.
  2. Lesser injections and drilling – Since the technique requires only one sitting it automatically indicates lesser injections and drilling for the restoration procedure
  3. Use of the finest dental materials – The Leeds dentist uses materials with the following properties
    1. Strong, tooth coloured ceramic materials, restoring your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function
    2. In close match with the composition of natural tooth structure such that the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, without causing the teeth to crack
    3. Materials that can be chemically bonded to your tooth, allowing the Leeds dentist to retain most of the healthy tooth tissue while providing you with a dental restoration
  4. Enhances the smile – Can be used to fabricate crowns, fillings, veneers, onlay to improve the appearance and function of the teeth

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How is the Cerec technology utilised by Leeds dentists to fabricate crowns and veneers?

  • The Leeds dentist will prepare the teeth requiring the tooth restoration by reshaping them
  • The Leeds dentist will next coat the teeth with a white powder, which helps it to be imaged by a 3D imaging camera
  • The photograph is uploaded to the CEREC computer, and using the proprietary CEREC software in various modes a tooth restoration is designed to restore the tooth to its appropriate form and function
  • The data on the tooth restoration model for your teeth is stored in a file and transmitted to a milling machine.
  • The milling machine carves out the tooth restoration out of a solid ceramic or composite block based on the data forwarded and processed by the computer
  • Your tooth restoration is ready in four to twenty minutes depending on the type and complexity of the tooth restoration required as well as the performance of the milling machine.
  • The Leeds dentist will then fit in the fabricated tooth restoration