What Is CEREC And How Is It Revolutionizing Dentistry?
As today’s world of dentistry evolves, patients expect more and more when they visit their dentist. Because of this, dentists around the world are responding to the expectations of their patients by investing in various types of technology that enable them to offer numerous services during a single visit. In most cases, this involves procedures associated with orthodontics or restorative dental work. With a variety of technological advances having been made in recent years, one of the most exciting and innovative is known as CEREC.
What is CEREC?
CEREC, which is an acronym for Ceramic Restoration, centers on using a variety of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing software and tools to allow a dentist to perform orthodontic procedures, implants, and other types of restorative dental procedures. Used most often for such dental procedures as crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, and creating retainers and other forms of orthodontic appliances, CEREC incorporates such technologies as CNC milling, 3-D printing, and advanced 3-D modeling to allow dentists the chance to provide their patients with many services that in years past were not available or were too cost-prohibitive.
For any advanced digital dental procedure to be as effective as needed, it must have state-of-the-art software that can be used by the dentist. When it comes to CEREC software, there is perhaps no software in use by today’s dentists that is more effective, efficient, and able to let a dental professional make the best decisions regarding a patient’s treatment. Using intelligent automation to help a dentist make the best treatment decisions, the software performs a detailed analysis of the entire scan, guaranteeing a restorative or treatment plan that is highly-individualized and effortless. Known for being very user-friendly and its reliance on AI technology, it can also be easily integrated with other software if needed.
While most of this technology used to be too large to fit into a conventional dental treatment room, recent years have changed that for the better. As a result, virtually all dentists using CEREC technology can easily accommodate the hardware and equipment chairside, meaning they can give patients not only faster service, but also involve patients much more in their treatment plan. This has also allowed dentists to have their own in-house labs, where restorative devices such as implants, crowns, and bridges can be quickly created for the patient to have that same day. In addition, by using digital scanners in coordination with software, a dentist who is creating a treatment plan for implants can use the technology to select the proper tooth shade based on the scan results.
While for many years patients who were in need of crowns had to have a temporary put in place while they waited weeks for their permanent crown, CEREC has changed all that. Thanks to induction technology, a dentist using CEREC technology can not only perform virtually all types of restorations in one day, but often create a crown in as little as 15 minutes. Using a sintering furnace known as the CEREC SpeedFire, the dentist can speed up the process dramatically. Once the treatment plan is verified and entered into the system by the dentist, the order for the crown is sent automatically to the furnace, which in less than 15 minutes can create a fully-contoured zirconia crown that can be fitted to the patient in a matter of minutes.
Which Dental Professionals Use CEREC?
As the technology has become more advanced and more user-friendly, more and more dental professionals are incorporating CEREC into their practices. Along with general dentists, CEREC is also widely used by orthodontists, oral surgeons, and implantologists. In addition to this, the technology has also made it easier for many dentists to offer more services to their patients, leading to multi-service offices that offer same-day service on even the most advanced of dental procedures. Walden Dental is proud to use CEREC.
Universities and Dental Schools
Due to the advanced technology offered with CEREC, many universities and dental schools across the world use the software and other equipment in helping to teach the next generation of dental professionals. In doing so, students get practical experience on the very equipment they will likely be using with patients in the near future.