Find out how CEREC dentistry can help you
It’s likely that you have never heard of CEREC dentistry, that’s because while this technology is widely used in countries like the UK and the USA, few dentists in Australia practice it due to the high cost of the equipment it requires.
CEREC is an acronym made from the first 2 letters in the words CEramic REConstruction, which is exactly what CEREC dentistry is. It is also sometimes referenced as an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Aesthetic Ceramics. CEREC dentistry uses the latest in dental technology to perform precision restorations in a single visit. Saving the patient both time and money.
CEREC dentistry is best suited for procedures such as inlays, onlays, veneers, ¾ crowns, crowns, bridges for broken teeth, chipped teeth, and decayed teeth. We can often restore even severely broken-down teeth that other dentists would normally extract!
For more than 100 years dentists in Australia have been filling teeth using amalgam (silver colour), which contains the potentially harmful substance mercury. We never use amalgam for fillings. Some dentists use composite resin as an alternative, however, these still contain considerable amounts of plastic and chemicals.
At StarKlinics on the Gold Coast, we use ceramic, a bio-inert material similar to porcelain, because it’s a safe, strong, and durable material that mimics the natural physical properties of a real tooth.
Here’s what makes CEREC dentistry such a quick procedure
Conventional restorative dentistry typically requires at least 2-3 visits – filing the tooth/teeth, making an impression and then a mould, putting in a temporary cap, and finally fitting the permanent crown. With CEREC dentistry, the entire procedure can be done in just 1 visit, and often within an hour or two. Multiple restorations can be achieved in a single visit.
No messy impressions are required and no need to make and fit temporary crowns/caps – we take a 3D Scan which produces a precise high definition 3D model which is sent wirelessly to our CEREC milling machine which perfectly shapes the tooth to mimic your natural tooth. We even colour match the ceramic to your teeth.
The final step is to glaze and seamlessly bond the restored tooth – a process that strengthens the tooth and seals it at the same time.
No need to make multiple appointments – walk in with a damaged tooth and walk out with a restored tooth that’s better than new! All in a single visit.