The Most Under Utilized Clinical Application for CEREC

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CEREC is unlike anything I have ever experienced in dentistry.  Not a day goes by that my patients aren’t absolutely amazed by it.  Even more important, not a day goes by that CEREC doesn’t make clinical dentistry more efficient and predictable.

However, an arena that CEREC is not given enough credit is the hardest restoration in dentistry – the single incisor.  Unfortunately, many dentists don’t associate CEREC with aesthetic anterior restorations.  I know that I certainly didn’t for many years, but now it is often my go to method for those pesky incisor restorations!

Heather had previous large resin restorations that were failing due to recurrent decay.  Due to the existing size of the restorations we made a decision to restore with porcelain restorations.

HC Before

The teeth were shaped and imaged with CEREC.  Restorations were milled from both A1 and B1 ceramic blocks and tried in the mouth to determine which was most appropriate.  We determined the A1 block provided the best base shade match.

Next, characterizations were carried out chair side while the patient was in the chair.  This allowed me to match the details as closely as possible.

HC7

HC10

As you can see the CEREC restorations blend and match quite nicely.  All this in a single visit!

If you are a CEREC owner it is time for you to take some advanced training to better understand how to shape and characterize anterior restorations.

If you aren’t a CEREC owner it is time for you to take a closer look at this wonderful technology.  Your patients will thank you!

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