Tools of the trade: CEREC Primescan, Primemill and SpeedFire furnace

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 full CEREC set-up

by Dr Rhea Allsopp, Dental Haus, Palm Beach, QLD

I purchased the CEREC Primescan to be part of my practice when we first opened at the end of 2019. Six months later I decided to get the complete set-up and added the Primemill and the Speedfire.

What’s good about it

I’m mostly using the CEREC for single unit crowns on posterior teeth. I don’t have to send anything off to a lab and my patients don’t have to wear a temporary; it’s all completed in one visit. The Primemill and the Speedfire have short running times. Once the crown is fully milled and fired, we stain or glaze it and then polish it. It’s then ready to be cemented in place. My standard appointment for a crown from start to finish is 90 minutes.

I’ll occasionally use the system for larger anterior cases. If there’s three or four anterior teeth, it takes about half a day. In my experience, the CEREC is most useful for single unit posterior crowns because it’s so quick and efficient.

The Primescan is an exceptional scanner and I use that for almost everything—clear aligners, diagnostic wax ups, dentures and mouthguards for TMJ. The only process where I still use alginate is to make standard bleach trays.

I’ve used older CERECs in the past and this newest version is the most user-friendly. The design time is much shorter and the milling and furnace time is about half of what it used to be. I never really liked using the older models because it was so lengthy. This new CEREC, however, is just so easy—we love it.

What’s not so good

The only drawback is that you’re at the mercy of technology. If something goes wrong, whether it’s the wi-fi issue, a network issue, software or hardware, you have to get an expert to fix it.

Where did you get it

Dentsply Sirona

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