04 Jun

Experience the future with Cerec from City of London dentist

When teeth are damaged, either by decay, discolouration or dental trauma, there is often a need to repair them using dental restorations. These come in three main forms:
Dental crowns – These are caps that are placed over the whole part of the tooth above the gum line to protect it form further decay or damage.
Dental veneers – Like crowns, they are placed over the top of the teeth but usually to cover worn enamel or discolouration. Veneers are more often used for cosmetic affect, to restore the appearance of the teeth.
Inlays – These are used when a dental cavity is too big to fill with composite bonding alone.
All three are cemented in place using dental bonding which is then set firm with the heat of a dental laser.
Dental restorations used to be manufactured from ceramic or a mixture of ceramic and metal, and involved a painstaking process in the laboratory. In the last few years, a new technology called Cerec has emerged that has drastically cut down the manufacturing time.
Using the latest digital x-ray technology, the City of London dentist is able to create an image of the patient’s teeth and then produce the restoration on the computer. This information is then sent to a computer–guided mill, which sculpts the ceramic, usually porcelain, form a single piece in a matter of minutes.
This new technology, often referred to as chair-side restoration is changing the face of modern dentistry and offering patients vastly more accurate and speedy treatment. It is now possible to have a crown or veneer designed, manufactured and fitted in one single appointment, an improvement on the average time of two weeks it previously took.
If you have a crown or filling that needs replacing, ask your dentist about the latest Cerec technology and experience for yourself, the future of dentistry.