With the latest advanced CAD/CAM technology we can restore your teeth with a ceramic crown, bridge and implant restorations in one single visit!


Cerec Crowns and Bridges

CAD/CAM Technology

How CEREC technology works

Dr Patel will prepare your tooth in the normal way he would before fitting a crown, bridge or a veneer. At this point, instead of using dental putty to take an impression of your tooth, we take a digital image using a special camera. This image is then converted into a 3D computerised model of your tooth, which is used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once Dr Patel is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine, which fabricates your new tooth from a high-quality ceramic block. The milling process can take between 6 and 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the tooth.

The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colours. We will select the best match for your surrounding teeth. Once the crown, bridge or veneer has been milled, your dentist may characterise it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth, before either polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your dentist will then cement the new restoration onto your prepared tooth.

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The benefits of CEREC

There are several advantages to having treatment with CEREC over conventional, laboratory-made restorations.

  • We complete the procedure in a single visit. You only need to take one day away from your work or life to have the procedure, instead of the usual two or three visits.
  • Only one set of local anaesthetic injections. Since we complete the entire procedure within the hour, you only need to have one lot of injections.
  • Your dentist is in complete control of the final result. Since your dentist designs and fabricates the crown or veneer, they have total control over how it will look and fit. A crown made in a laboratory is under the control of the technician who hasn’t even seen the patient.
  • No temporary restorations. If you have lab-made veneers, you would require temporary veneers during the wait for your new teeth. These have been known to fall off and cause problems, something you can avoid with CEREC restorations.