Letters discuss value of CEREC

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As you will notice from the number of letters to the editor, we have another controversy boiling. First, let me say that the content of our columns is the author’s opinion, which may or may not agree with the position of this magazine.

I have received many e-mails and some calls from dentists who use CEREC in their practices. They felt that there were many mistakes and inconsistencies in a previous column regarding CEREC. These letters, which begin on page 12, are well thought out and written. I urge you to read them to get the other side of the story.

Sirona will be celebrating CEREC’s 20th anniversary in 2006. So it is not a new product (visit www.HappyBirthdayCEREC.com for details). I have been following the CEREC story for about 12 years now, and it is a fascinating one. I was not convinced completely that this was a viable restorative system, but I knew users who were convinced that it was. Three and one-half years ago, some dental consultants were bashing CEREC by telling their clients that they could not get a return on their investment with the technology. Sirona asked me to put together a meeting of consultants to teach them about the technology, and hopefully convince them that this was indeed an investment-worthy product.

In April 2002, 30 dental con-sultants met in Tampa to hear from four distinguished speakers about CEREC. I was listening along with them, trying to answer my questions about the technology. I heard from Dr. Dennis Fasbinder from the University of Michigan about his 18 years of research on the product. I listened to user and trainer, Dr. Mark Morin, tell about how he expanded his practice. I heard then-new user, Dr. Joel Benk, tell of his experience with the learning curve. I heard Dr. Charles Blair discuss the economics and return on investment with the CEREC 3 system. At the end of the meeting, I was convinced that CEREC was a viable restorative system and the consultants were convinced that it belonged in their clients’ offices.

Since that time, Sirona has introduced CEREC 3D, which has greatly simplified the entire procedure. Many practices are using the system successfully. They are providing patients with excellent restorative dentistry in a much timelier manner than the traditional method of two- appointment crown and bridge procedures. If your practice is ready for CEREC, I would urge you to contact your Patterson dealer for more information.

Joe Blaes, DDS, Editor - e-mail: joeb@pennwell.com
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