Jenny Hewett heads to Dr Roze & Associates Dental Clinic to try Cerec porcelain crown technology.
The promise Cerec technology uses a 3D digital video colour scan of the tooth to fabricate a custom porcelain dental crown using a 3D printer in one ‘quick and easy appointment’.
Step by step After an extremely thorough teeth-cleaning session with the hygienist, we discuss which tooth to work on with the dentist. After two injections to numb the area, the dentist begins removing the amalgam filling on the tooth. He then uses a tedious, photoshop-like programme on a computer, to pinpoint the area and shape of the crown for an exact fit. It’s then processed to the Cerec machine, a futuristic contraption, which moulds the porcelain.
The result Our mouth was sore when we left, but we’ve not experienced any sensitivity with the tooth since.
Pros • TV screens on the ceilings keep your mind off the dentistry. • The valet is super convenient and a very ‘Dubai’ concept.
Cons • The appointment took almost three hours in total. • The machine broke the porcelain mould on the first attempt, meaning we had to start over. • The assistant was quite heavy-handed, the right side of our mouth was rubbed raw from the suction. • Their bedside manner could do with some improvement, trying to solicit dental work by pointing out ‘flaws’ in our appearance doesn’t sit well with us.
3.5/5 Dhs520 for a clean, Cerec priced on a case-by-case basis from Dhs4,000. Dr Roze & Associates, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 388 1313).