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What is CEREC?

CEREC, also known as CERamic REConstruction, uses Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology alongside an advanced camera to create exact 3D models of your teeth.

These digital 3D models are used to develop precisely sized porcelain fillings or crowns by measuring the depth of the crater in the tooth. Alpers was the first dental practice in Australasia to use this technique and have now perfected this technique for over the past 15 years to create the best-fitting fillings for our patients. 

CEREC machine which uses diamond coated instruments to mill a ceramic block to reproduce the design.

The CEREC Omnicam is the cutting-edge dental camera which works together with our CAD/CAM programming to create digital 3D models of teeth in need of fillings.

The CEREC Omnicam is able to create models of teeth clearly and accurately using an in-the-mouth method of photography. Our Dentists utilise this small camera by photographing the tooth from a number of different angles, all whilst it takes numerous photos. 

The CEREC Omnicam

How does CEREC work?

There are several steps involved in creating a perfectly sized porcelain filling:

Our Dentist will begin by removing any prior fillings or cavities caused by decay and clean the tooth to ensure the fabrication of the most accurate model.

Using the CEREC Omnicam, our Dentist will be generate the 3D model to be viewed digitally.

The CEREC computer programming then carves an individually-designed porcelain filling to perfectly fill space in the tooth.

Once the tooth-coloured filling (inlay) is created, it is polished and bonded to your tooth.

A CEREC can either be a crown or a filling and requires only ONE APPOINTMENT of approximately 1-2 hours.