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Zirconia, simply faster.

Full-contour zirconia restorations in a single visit – only with CEREC

Surprise your patients with faster, more comfortable treatment. Now you can combine the advantages of zirconia with the proven CEREC workflow. The highest quality standards are met and your patients get the best possible treatment.

The strengths of full-contour zirconia.

The strengths of full-contour zirconia.

Zirconium oxide is a high-performance material in great demand. It has a high degree of flexural strength and biocompatibility, allowing tooth-conserving preparations for full-contour zirconia restorations.



Full-contour zirconia restorations ensure that you and your patients receive long-lasting care.

Perfect fit

Perfect fit

25 % larger pre-sintered state yields highly precise margins and occlusal surfaces.

Simple workflow

Simple workflow

Minimally invasive preparation and conventional cementing.

The strengths of CEREC

The strengths of CEREC

Eighty five percent of patients in a recent survey* said they prefer single visit dentistry to traditional treatment. The advantages of single visit dentistry are obvious: Patients avoid impression material, receive fewer anesthetics and don’t need a temporary.

*Source: Exevia GmbH dental patient survey, November 2015

Two out of three patients would change their dentist in order to receive a single visit dentistry treatment.

Two out of three

patients would change their dentist in order to receive a single visit dentistry treatment.*

85 % of patients would prefer single-visit dentistry.

85 %

of patients would prefer single-visit dentistry.*

Two-thirds of patients would travel further for single-visit dentistry.


of patients would travel further for single-visit dentistry.*

... I want treatment to be as pleasant as possible. Without an impression tray and with fewer injections. I'm willing to pay more for that.

... I want treatment to be as pleasant as possible. Without an impression tray and with fewer injections. I'm willing to pay more for that.

How is a full zirconia crown made in a single visit?

30 years of CAD/CAM experience now make it possible to bring full contour zirconia restorations into the practice. The pre-shaded CEREC Zirconia material (colors A1–D3 of the VITA Classical A1–D4® shade guide), dry milling with the CEREC grinding and milling unit, and the extremely short sintering cycles of the new CEREC SpeedFire – everything is designed for time savings and simplicity. But what makes it special is the combination of different innovations. This is what makes the CEREC Zirconia workflow and production of full zirconia restorations in a single visit possible.

  1. Step 1: Scanning

    Spare your patients the discomfort of a conventional impression tray. Use the CEREC Omnicam, a small powder-free color camera, for precise 3D images in natural color.

  2. Step 2: Design

    After analyzing the complete scan, the CEREC software generates outstanding restoration proposals. This takes you to the production stage faster. You benefit from the simple and visually appealing user interface.

  1. Step 3: Production

    The CEREC grinding and milling unit and CEREC software are optimally synchronized with one another. The milling cycle for the previously designed full zirconia restoration is extremely precise, giving restorations smooth surfaces and margins and very fine fissures.

  2. Step 4: Sintering and glazing

    Full zirconia restorations are sintered and glazed chairside in the compact CEREC SpeedFire. The induction technology allows unmatched short sintering and firing times of typically 10-15 minutes.

CEREC zirconia highlights

  • Everything under control

    With CEREC, you are 100% in control of creating restorations and ensuring their quality – now also for full-contour zirconia restorations. The CEREC Zirconia workflow allows you to step in before the restoration is glazed and placed. That saves time, it might save the patient another appointment, and prevents arduous grinding and costly intraoral polishing.

  • Tooth-preserving preparation

    The high strength of CEREC Zirconia benefits both dentist and patient. Restorative treatment is even possible in areas with limited space and when replacing metal restorations, as hardly any of the old preparations have to be removed. Preparations preserve tooth substance and can be cemented conventionally when fitted.

  • Safety through strength and accuracy of fit

    CEREC Zirconia is milled oversized and then densely sintered to its final size in the CEREC SpeedFire. This results in precise edges and a detailed occlusion. A subsequent glaze firing brings the restoration to a high gloss. CEREC Zirconia stands for high flexural strength - thus thin wall thicknesses can be processed. Chipping is eliminated and of course bridges can also be made.

CEREC SpeedFire is the only dental furnace on the market that combines the sintering and glazing processes in one device.

CEREC SpeedFire is the only dental furnace on the market that combines the sintering and glazing processes in one device.

Sintering and glazing with the CEREC SpeedFire

CEREC SpeedFire is the smallest and fastest sintering furnace on the market and can sinter a crown in typically 10-15 minutes.. The strengths of full-contour zirconia can thus also be used for chairside treatment. If required, a glaze can be applied with the CEREC SpeedGlaze that can be fired in just a few minutes in the CEREC SpeedFire.

CEREC SpeedGlaze

CEREC SpeedGlaze

Spray the sintered restoration evenly with the CEREC SpeedGlaze. The subsequent glaze firing gives a high gloss finish to the restoration.

  • Send orders automatically

    The CEREC software sends the order with all the necessary information to the furnace.

  • Induction technology

    allows unmatched short sintering and firing times.

  • Just 10–15 minutes

    for sintering a full-contour zirconia crown (depending on the size and volume of the crown).

Treatment often used to take a long time. With CEREC, I was given a complete crown in just one visit.

Treatment often used to take a long time. With CEREC, I was given a complete crown in just one visit.

Working with full-contour zirconia

In the video, non-CEREC user Dr. Manfred Scholl talks about his motivation, his patients, the material full-contour zirconia, and single-visit treatment.

If you want to learn more about zirconia and CEREC...

I greatly value zirconia – why should I use it with CEREC?

CEREC Zirconia has all the known advantages of the material and a few more as well.

  • Saves time: Thanks to the new CEREC SpeedFire sintering furnace, the sintering process is shortened considerably; long drying times are not necessary thanks to pre-shading.
  • Patient advantages: Full zirconia satisfies many of the needs expressed by patients. The restoration is complete in just one visit; that means just one trip to the dentist, one anesthetic, and no temporary restoration.
  • Familiar processes: Tooth-preserving preparation, bonding with cement – all this is done exactly the same as in a lab-supported workflow.
  • CEREC Zirconia expands the indications for single-visit dentistry – it can also be used for three-unit bridges usually made of zirconia. Welcome side effect: The cost effectiveness of CEREC increases.
  • Complete control: Treatment procedure and value creation remain fully in your practice.
  • Full zirconia is giving non-precious metals in particular a run for their money – now there is a tooth-colored material for the same price.

Dr. Peter Pospiech described the chairside or in-office solution as an alternative worth considering for smaller restorations in an article in ZMK 5/2014.

Processing full zirconia in the lab takes several hours because of sintering and customization. What is the chairside process like?

For CEREC Zirconia, pre-shaded, pre-sintered blocks are used. The advantage of this method is that no white spots where the liquid did not penetrate deep enough into the material appear during the grinding process. Color deviations are a thing of the past. CEREC Zirconia is dry milled. This greatly reduces processing time. Zirconia can be sintered only in a dry state. The drying process required for wet milling is eliminated. Pre-shading also saves time, as there is also no drying period after shading.

For CEREC Zirconia, dense sintering is done in the new CEREC SpeedFire furnace. This process is completed in typically 10-15 minutes – faster than with any other furnace available on the market. Sintering is started and monitored via an easy-to-use touch display.

The restoration can then be polished and lastly customized if desired. The spray glaze (CEREC SpeedGlaze) and any stain that is applied can be glazed in the CEREC SpeedFire furnace within a few minutes – a record that no other machine available on the market can beat. The CEREC SpeedFire thus combines the sintering and finalizing processes (staining and glazing) in one device.

Can I use CEREC restorations temporarily?

That is theoretically possible, but unnecessary because the restoration has an accurate fit and the advantage of a one-visit treatment would be lost.

Patients can also receive good treatment without CEREC – so why use it?

A patient comes to your practice and you diagnose a large caries in a lateral tooth. You have several treatment options: a classic composite filling, an inlay that you have made in a lab, or a CEREC inlay. The CEREC inlay is a cost-effective, esthetically pleasing option with good clinical results. You can also take a digital impression of the teeth that is not uncomfortable for patients, you control the entire process, and retain the whole added value in your practice.

Surveys have shown that around 85 percent of patients welcome one-visit treatment. Two-thirds are willing to change dentists or travel longer distances for this. CEREC can give your practice a unique selling point so it is better utilized.

The CEREC which some dentists had reservations about is a thing of the past. It has come a long way – we invite you to see for yourself.

In addition to a good clinical solution that is profitable for you and pleasant for your patient, other benefits are: Patients are satisfied and recommend you to others. They feel their trust was well placed and come back.