CEREC is no longer just one system. It now can be configured in many different ways. This also shakes up the pricing of the systems. Their goal is “CAD/CAM for Everyone.” In other words, it is no longer just one product at one price point. It allows the clinician to see what fits their particular practice and needs and desires.
Basically, there are three intra-oral digital impression systems now:
1. Apollo DI: This is a pure digital impression system and cannot be upgraded to chairside milling. It is to be used directly with a digital dental lab. The camera is a blend of the Blue Cam and the Omnicam. It does use a imaging agent (powder), but takes video image similar to the Omnicam. No scan fees.
2. Cerec Blue Cam: This is the camera that has been so effective and popular over the last 5 years. It takes still images that are overlapped to make a model. An imaging agent is needed. This camera can be used to connect to a lab and/or for chairside milling.
3. Cerec Omnicam: The latest in the Sirona line-up. Full color models, video streaming, no imaging agent. It is the flagship for digital impressioning. It can also be configured to work directly with the lab or chairside milling.
There are also 3 milling chambers to choose from:
1. MC: This is the basic milling chamber and is intended for single units most likely done: crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers. It can mill up to a 20mm block.
2. MCX: This is an upgrade to the MC that can mill up to 32mm blocks. This allows someone to mill small bridges, and it also opens up doors for custom implant abutments.
3. MCX L Practice Lab: This is the milling chamber with the most features and capabilities. It has a touch screen pad, and can mill the largest blocks available for the CEREC system. This milling chamber is intended for the practice that does a lot of zirconia, larger bridges, and complex cases.
A full press conference was done at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry to announce the launch of the product line up and the latest update to the CEREC software. (Cerec 4.20) Michael Ditolla of Glidewell Lab hosted the conference. The panel consisted of Josh Killian (VP of Patterson Dental,) Michael Augins (President of Sirona USA,) Roddy McLeod (VP of Sirona USA,) Sam Puri, DDS (Director of Scottsdale CAD/CAM,) and myself.
The newest version of Cerec’s software were also discussed. The newest features include:
Guidelines for design
Full articulation and animation
New block choices from Vita and Dentsply
Zirconia options for chairside
Incisal Variations for customization of anterior restorations
Implant abutments and crowns
Videos on Digital Enamel highlight some features here: