CEREC® Basic Training Course

1 day in surgery

Overview of materials available from Vita, Ivoclar and 3M.

Tooth preparation:
When preparing a tooth for a CEREC® optical impression it is important to understand the relationship between the CEREC® camera and the burrs in the milling unit. This in turn requires a full understanding of how the insertion pathway is affected by camera angle, undercuts and proximal contact surfaces.

Practical demonstration:
Taking optical impressions with the CEREC infra-red or Bluecam camera. This will incorporate an in-depth discussion on the use of scanning powder, or spray, together with the methods available to expose the cervical margin supra or sub gingival and the available methods to stop blood / saliva from obscuring the margin.

Ceramic Reconstructions Ltd has 18 years of experience with CEREC. Impression taking is just as important as it always was. If care is taken at this stage then the CEREC can automatically construct the most perfect restoration with little intervention by the dentist.

CEREC Software version up to v3.6
Dental Database

CEREC Software version up to v3.8

CEREC Software version up 4.0 and updates

These headings are mainly concerned with occlusion. The first choice option would be to copy what is already there using correlation. If you have Replication or biogeneric reference it is possible to copy from an adjacent tooth in the opposite quadrant. The most common technique, however, is Dental Database, Biogeneric or Biogeneric individual. This programme will analyse the remaining tooth surface, in the case of inlays and or data from neighboring teeth. Larger restorations with missing cusps will benefit from data taken from a bite registration or a buccal bite scan. The 3.8 and 4.0 software versions use data from a buccal view of both the prepped area and the opposing teeth. This is referred to in the main screen as ‘antagonist’. In effect, this provides the CEREC software with functional data about occlusion with which it can carry out lateral excursions. Articulation is an advanced variation of this process, where for instance, there is no canine guidance.


Exercise (1)
Design a Dental Database or biogeneric inlay
 using data from a bite registration or buccal camera view. This will demonstrate the tools in the view window and the purpose of the coloured segments in the scale window. We will also incorporate the edit, form and drop tools.

Exercise (2)
Design a dental database crown using data from a bite registration or buccal view data. In addition to the tools used in Exercise (1) we will also use the position and rotate windows, the shape tool and the antagonist function. With 4.0 we will use the new tool circle.

Exercise (3) 

Design a correlation crown or inlay. Both utilise the same processes and should be the first choice of programme before using dental database or biogeneric programmes.

Exercise (4)
Design a bridge using 3.6, 3.8 or 4.0 software.

Parameters and Maintenance:
Overview of the parameter settings and configuration options. Care of the camera and milling unit including calibration and maintenance of the milling chamber and water tank.

This course is designed to be one-on-one at your practice. More dentists can attend but the course mat take longer to complete.

Application of stain and glaze

From January 2013 this course will include characterisation of the new Vita Enamic hybrid material. We will mill a crown and inlay and polish the inlay to a high glaze using the Vita clinical polishing kit. Then we will etch and silane the crown before the application of stains and the final glaze layer. This process will not require a furnace.

This course is designed to be one-on-one at your practice. More dentists can attend but the course mat take longer to complete.

This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council lifelong learning scheme, and represents 8 hours of verifiable CPD


Training day at £750.00 (zero VAT) + travel costs (charged at 40p per mile).

(Extra mileage charged at 30p per mile. Stopovers negotiable)

Customer Feedback / Testimonials:

“Excellent presenting technique. Very user friendly for beginners. Did not bombard with complex information and focused well on starting skills”.

“Hands on – excellent, very patient and excellent explanation”

“Great introduction to using this equipment – thanks.”

“System and techniques well explained. Information was excellent. I didn’t have a clue about CEREC machines, however, after this course I fully feel competent to assist the dentist alongside this procedure. Thanks”