CEREC is an internationally-renowned dental technology developed in Germany. Using CAD/CAM, crowns, veneers and inlays are designed, manufactured and placed in a single visit.

Ceramic block about to be sculpted into a restoration by our milling station.
Ceramic block about to be sculpted into a restoration by our milling station.

The process begins with a digital impression of your tooth. The digital model of your restoration is validated and adjusted by the dentist and sent to our milling station where it is sculpted from a ceramic block. Finally, the restoration is placed in your mouth and you leave the clinic with a smile.

Patient benefits from CEREC technology:

  • Getting a permanent dental restoration only takes one visit – saving you time.
  • The impression of the damaged tooth is done digitally. This method is faster and you avoid having the unpleasant paste that is traditionally used for teeth impressions.
  • Only one local anaesthetic is necessary.
  • No need for a temporary restoration while waiting for the permanent one from the laboratory.
  • The materials used are recognized for their high quality and durability.
  • The cost is similar to traditional restorations milled in a laboratory.

Ceramic crown sculpting with CEREC

History of the CEREC technology in our clinic:

  • 1997 – Centre Dentaire de Haute Technologie du Québec acquires the CEREC 2 technology.
  • 2000 – Our clinic upgrades to CEREC 3 technology to reduce milling time.
  • 2006 – Upgrade to CEREC 3D technology and the purchase of a second CEREC 3D instrument.
  • 2010 – The dental clinic obtains the CEREC AC technology, which enables us to electronically send 3D optical imprints to an accredited laboratory.
  • 2013 Acquisition of CEREC Omnicam, the fifth generation of the famous CEREC technologies. Its distinguishing feature is the greatly reduced time to capture the digital imprint of the tooth and to mill the crown, veneer or inlay as required.
  • 2018 Acquisition of CEREC SpeedFire to produce very hard zirconia crowns.

Ask your dentist about whether CEREC could work for you.

N.B. CEREC is an acronym for “Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic”, but originally, it was an acronym for “CEramic REConstruction”. For more information about this technology, read the Wikipedia article.