August 3rd, 2011
Any increase in the speed with which something can be carried out is a good thing as long as the work retains its quality. The increases in speed attached to modern dentistry are just the ticket because it means that patients need to spend less time at the dentist but are still subject to the same levels of quality they have grown to expect. This is all down to the CEREC techniques which are now widespread in dental surgeries.
CEREC is the process whereby dental practices have been effectively digitised and dentists are able to do their work with greater speed as a result. Instead of using traditional x-rays that need to be developed in a lab, digital x-rays can be carried out with great speed. Traditional x-rays would frequently need to be done repeatedly if dentists were to gain different view points on one part of the mouth. Digital x-rays are in three dimensions.
This digital data can then be combined with online technology to achieve stunning results. Dentists increasingly have milling machines in the surgery which are run via the internet. These machines can use data from digital x-rays to make a brand new porcelain dental veneer or porcelain dental crown in less than ten minutes.
All of which makes dentistry far more convenient for patients and lessens the need to take lots of time off work to have a bit of dental work done. The costs don’t necessarily increase because, for instance, lab fees for the traditional x-ray are eliminated and the labour costs of dental staff are reduced. All in all, this is a win-win situation for patients and the dentists alike.
December 6th, 2009
CEREC is one of the most advanced dental products available anywhere in the world. It offers same day dental restorations including the fitting of crowns, veneers and inlays. Saving huge amounts of time and laboratory work, the CEREC system allows dentists to design, manufacture and fit ceramic restorations in a single trip producing a final result that is a stunningly accurate dental restoration indistinguishable from a natural tooth.
CEREC was first created by Professor W. Mörmann and Dr. M Brandestini in Switzerland in 1980. The first treatment was carried out in 1985 and the technology has been advancing and improving ever since. Today it is used by a growing number of dentists all over the world and represents the future of dental technology.
It works by utilising digital x-rays and 3D imaging to build up an accurate three-dimensional portrait of the patient’s mouth. The dentist can then use this to design an accurate ceramic restoration before instructing a computer-guided mill to sculpt the desired product from a single piece of porcelain. This milling can take as little as six minutes which, when compared to the days or even weeks of laboratory work it used to take is really a remarkable leap forward. Because the porcelain is sculpted from a single piece it means it is much stronger than layered replacements.
Once fabricated, the dental replacements are cemented into place with dental bonding producing a perfect dental restoration that can even be matched to the existing teeth colour. City of London dentists are now using CEREC technology to offer outstanding and revolutionary dental treatment to all patients.