January 20th, 2011
Wouldn’t it be fanatastic if you woke up one morning in central London with a pocket full of money, yawned in front of the mirror and thought to yourself ‘right that’s it, I’m gonna get my teeth done- today!’. Well, thanks to a system call CEREC, you can. If you decide that you want a crown, or some veneers to hide those cracks, gaps or stains, or even a bridge to plug a gap, the process would’ve normally taken a couple of weeks, because the new fittings would have had to be manufactured in a lab, but with CEREC, the work can be done at the dentists. Once you arrive, the dentist will take digital photos of your mouth and then log them into a computer, to get a 3D image of the work to be done. This information is then fed into a machine, and the new fittings manufactured on the spot. Whilst this takes place, the dentist can prepare the teeth, carry out any other work that needs to be done, and then complete the operation. Also, if there are any problems with the fittings, they can be adjusted on the spot. And having this treatment is no more expensive than having this type of work done in the traditional way. Essentially then, you walk into the dentists with a tired looking mouth and come out again with a new look in as little as an hour and a half!
November 2nd, 2009
There are a number of dental concerns that can benefit from veneers and crowns. Teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken can be reinforced and strengthened by the application of a crown. Veneers are often fitted after dental surgery such as root canals or fillings to secure any procedural work carried out. Veneers are now also commonly used to replace whole sets of teeth that are affected by discolouration or that are worn down or unevenly spaced. Veneers used to take several weeks to manufacture in laboratory conditions and as such were often prohibitively expensive. However with improvements in technology over the last twenty years it is now possible to design, manufacture and fix a whole row of veneers in only one sitting.
At the forefront of this incredible new technology is CEREC. It stands for CEramic REConstruction and is at the cutting edge of dentistry. It has eliminated the need for costly and uncomfortable dental moulds and x-rays. These procedures were also time consuming, adding days and weeks onto the manufacturing process. Now dentists are able to produce images of the patient’s teeth immediately using the latest in 3D imaging and digital x-rays. By creating three-dimensional representations of the patient’s teeth on the computer the dentist can then design a crown or veneer to microscopic degrees of accuracy.
The computer is then able to guide a milling machine in the actual fabrication of a crown or veneer. They can be milled form a single piece of porcelain in as little as six minutes and then fitted to the patient’s teeth immediately afterwards. CEREC veneers can be incredibly thin and also possess the translucent quality reminiscent of actual tooth enamel making them even more lifelike
CEREC technology is definitely the future of dentistry. By reducing waiting and treatment times it will bring down the cost and discomfort of most dental procedures whilst simultaneously improving the quality of treatment. The dental revolution starts here, ask you London dentist about CEREC technology.