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Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2001 Jun;22(6 Suppl):7-13.

CEREC: science, research, and clinical application.

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Department of Clinical Dental Sciences, University of Liverpool, School of Dentistry, Liverpool, England.


Computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM), as embodied in the CEREC system, enables the fabrication of high-quality esthetic ceramic restorations chairside. Resin cements are used to complete the clinical process, providing a high-strength, stress-free adhesive assembly. The current generation of CEREC technology can be used to create restorations with a repeatable 50-micron adhesive interface width. Systematic analysis of the literature on clinical trials of CEREC restorations indicates a high level of clinical success. CEREC technology is compatible with contemporary, conservative cavity preparation design and limits pulpal trauma by completing complex restorations in a single visit. The occlusal form of CEREC restorations can be machined with full regard to the patient's occlusion, using functionally generated pathway recordings.

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