Cerec Omnicam


Cerec Omnicam
by Dr Stephen Carapetis, GP Dental Partners, Warradale, SA

The Cerec Omnicam allows me to create direct ceramic restorations in my clinic without having to worry about taking impressions or sending things out to laboratories. The process is very fast and can be completed in one appointment.

What’s good about it
The Cerec Omnicam creates an aesthetically pleasing restoration that strengthens the tooth and is completed with an hour and a half. When patients need a ceramic crown due to a weak, cracked or heavily filled teeth, the process used to take weeks. I would shave down the tooth, take an impression and send that off to the laboratory. I would then place a temporary crown, the patient would return in two weeks, and I would cement the permanent crown into place. Patients love that fact that they can now have a crown or inlay fitted in one appointment.

As well as the Omnicam, I have the Cerec MC X milling machine. From a block of ceramic, this machine creates a restoration that fits exactly into the tooth. We’re using a new type of ceramic, available through Sirona, that has a chameleon effect. Once it’s cemented into position, it adopts the original colour of the tooth. The results are fantastic.

I’ve been using the Cerec for 18 months now and the inlays show no signs of discolouration or staining. I’m certain this technology is the way of the future as a long-term alternative to large bonded composite resins.

What’s not so good
The only negative is that the Cerec Omnicam and milling unit are very expensive to purchase. I have three practices and each have an Omnicam and milling unit, so the capital outlay was considerable. However, they are used multiple times a day by eight dentists across those three practices.

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