CEREC digital dentistry

The future of dental care – ceramic restorations measured, created and fitted at a single visit!

CEREC is a revolutionary computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technique which is transforming the nature of restorative dentistry – and it’s available right here in Northampton, at Cliftonville Dental.

This advanced, but well-proven, process enables us to design, produce and place individual ceramic restorations in a single appointment. Just think how this compares to other techniques, which would entail booking several appointments and waiting for lab work in between.

How CEREC works

During a single treatment, your dentist will control and carry out the entire process of restoring a damaged tooth. This begins with taking digital impressions, moving on to computer-based construction of the restoration and finishing with its creation (called ‘milling’). All of this takes place right here at our Northampton practice – no need to wait for results, send out specifications or commission construction.

The CEREC process from impression to fitting in just one visit:

  • After preparation of the tooth, your Cliftonville dentist will use an intraoral camera to capture a picture of the tooth to be restored and its surrounding area, taking care to record images showing how the bite will work.
  • These images are then used to custom-design and create a detailed image of the tooth restoration which your dentist can see on a monitor, without leaving the surgery itself. This accurate model is then transmitted wirelessly to a milling machine which manufactures the restoration from colour-matched ceramic material – this part of the process can take as little as 10 or 15 minutes!
  • Finally, your dentist will add the finishing touches to the restoration and fit it… all during a single visit to our practice!

CEREC computerised restorative dentistry offers you all these advantages:

  • Saves you time and the inconvenience of booking multiple appointments
  • Taking digital impressions is faster and more comfortable than the traditional method. This is great for patients who find impressions difficult to tolerate due to a strong gagging reflex
  • Soundly constructed, durable restorations – clinical studies reveal that the success rate of CEREC restorations is 95.5% following a period of nine years.
  • Extremely accurate fit – normally requires less follow-up work than traditional restorative dentistry
  • Ceramic restorations have a natural-looking appearance

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