CEREC Connect Centre

What is CEREC Connect?


CEREC Connect turns every CEREC System into a digital dentistry powerhouse, allowing immediate connectivity to Sirona inLab laboratories.

In addition to everything you already do chairside with your CEREC system, CEREC Connect opens your door to a comprehensive array of indications best suited to laboratory fabrication with inLab. Sending your lab cases to an inLab Digital impressions centre means you're both using similar-and mutually familiar-technology and materials. So you know the results will be just as precise and reliable as you're accustomed to with CEREC, all with the artistic touch of the talented technician in cases where enhanced aesthetics and characterisation are essential.

The benefits

Optical impression saves time and money

  • The digital impression generated by the CEREC acquisition unit saves time and reduces your labour costs. In addition, it is much more comfortable for the patient than a conventional impression.
  • Unlike physical impressions, digital impressions are immune to dimensional changes. This results in superior precision - a prerequisite for sustained qualityDirect feedback from dental technician
  • The digital impression can be viewed immediately by yourself and the dental technician. This means that you can discuss the case over the phone while the patient is still in the chair. You can even make final adjustments to the preparation.
  • Highly aesthetic laboratory standard ceramics and finishing.


The old way

Prepare the tooth,
Take a conventional working impression, opposing arch impression & bite registration
Disinfect the impressions and package ready for despatch to the laboratory,
Fill in the prescription form, 
Post everything to laboratory or store awaiting the next collection
Wait for laboratory to cast impression to find out if it's ok to proceed with case. 

This procedure may soon be a thing of the past. Now the CEREC Connect web portal allows dentists to transmit digital impressions acquired using the CEREC camera to a dental lab of their choice. The lab then produces the restorations to the dentist's specifications. Numerous dental practices have already signed up for this new service in the USA. CEREC Connect not only saves time and money. It is also more pleasant for the patient and eliminates potential sources of error. A wide variety of restoration types are now available viahttp://www.cerec-connect.com/ - for example including all-ceramic anterior crowns, lithium disilicate crowns and provisional bridges with up to three units.

The craft skills of a dental technician still play a decisive role, especially with regard to aesthetically challenging anterior restorations or cases that require exceptional aesthetic results. On the other hand, these restorations can now be produced entirely on the basis of digital impressions - i.e. physical models are no longer required for some restorations.

The conventional impression and subsequent model production belong to the most labour intensive and error prone processes in dental practices and laboratories. Especially when all the variable expansion rates of different products are taken into account. The optical digital impression facilitates precision and minimizes possible sources of error.

The New Way

  1. Prepare tooth,
  2. Scan preparation with Cerec unit,
  3. Review preparation on screen immediately and make any changes necessary straight away, even share & discuss with lab if required,
  4. Send digital image along with online prescription for production

With the aid of the new CEREC AC and the CEREC Omnicam dentists are now in a position to acquire complete arches - with such outstanding precision that laboratories can now create physical models on the basis of digital impressions alone. This greatly simplifies the design and fabrication of layered anterior and posterior crowns, as well as zirconium oxide full contour units.

The process could not be simpler. Using the CEREC Omnicam, the dentist acquires digital impressions of the preparation and the antagonist. On the basis of just one overlapping image, the software is capable of computing both arches. After checking the 3D model on the monitor, the dentist then clicks the "Send" button, enters the order details and uploads the data to the CEREC Connect portal. After downloading the data from CEREC Connect, the dental lab decides whether or not an intermediate model is required. If not, the dental technician can begin fabricating the restoration immediately. If the laboratory needs a model (e.g. for a zirconium oxide bridge framework) this can be printed on a 3d printer, the technician makes the final adjustments to the framework and then applies the veneering material and adds the final finishing touches for an outstanding aesthetic result.

The CEREC Connect Procedure

Indications for use

With CEREC Connect already more than 50% of all indications are digitally viable, with an increasing trend. Initially, CEREC Connect will cater for single tooth restorations such as inlays, onlays, veneers, anatomically sized crowns and framework based crowns.

A large selection of materials are available:

  • Zirconium
  • Alumina
  • Feldspar / glass ceramic
  • Lithium disilicate (e.max CAD)
  • Polymers
  • Precious and non-precious metals

In summary CEREC Connect gives you:-

Patient retention

Impression-free treatment delivers greater comfort (e.g. no gag reflex) and shorter treatment times. This boosts the satisfaction of existing patients - and attracts new patients into the bargain. Digital impressions via CEREC Connect also increase your chances of attracting patients who decide consciously in favour of high-quality dental prostheses. This is an important factor in view of the growing competition between dental practices.

Direct communication

The CEREC Connect software and the CEREC Connect web portal simplify collaboration between the dental practice and the laboratory. After they have registered, both parties can communicate via a shared software platform. Transmitting the data model takes only a few seconds and gives the lab an immediate and detailed insight into the treatment situation.

Thanks to the precise digital impression created in the patient's mouth plus the 1:1 transmission of the model data to the laboratory, the dental technician obtains an insight into the treatment situation virtually in real time. It is therefore possible to discuss important details with the technician before the patient leaves the practice. This is a further advantage compared with conventional impression-taking methods

For more information on Cerec, please contact us on 01765 607347 or email info@ambridgeceramics.com