Dental science has come a long way over the years, for patients from Chepstow and across the globe. Admittedly, our diets have generally got worse with more cane sugar than would have been imaginable 200 years ago, but at least we are finding new and exciting ways to deal with the additional burden we place on our teeth. CEREC is one of the most intriguing developments of the new computer age in dentistry. Patients in Chepstow are raving about the technique, which was first developed 30 years ago but has moved on a lot since then.
CEREC, bizarrely, has two possible definitions – either the Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction – whichever you prefer! It basically allows your dentist at Clifton Dental Studio to take advantage of computer based technology to carry out restoration work much faster than was previously possible. Most restorative dental treatment require several trips to the dentist so being able to get the work done in a single visit is a huge step forward, especially for people with the sort of hectic lifestyle common in the 21st Century.
Typically, CEREC treatment uses 3D photography and computer aided design (CAD) to work out the precise contours of your mouth and the parts which need to be replaced. Compare this to the alternative where you might have to get an anaesthetic on your first visit, your tooth prepared, an impression taken and then a temporary restoration. A few weeks later it is time for a second appointment where the temporary restoration is removed and a permanent one put in place. With CEREC it can be done in one fell swoop. The use of chemical bonding and ceramic materials also means the restoration follows more closely the properties and behaviour of normal teeth. The future is CEREC at Clifton Dental Studio.