Dentsply Sirona Celebrates Mr. CEREC’s 80th birthday


Mr. CEREC’s 80th birthday and a software that makes the CEREC system even more powerful

Over 35 years ago, a new invention revolutionized dentistry for years to come: CEREC. The inventor of this method for ceramic restorations, Prof. em. Dr. Dr. Werner Mörmann, recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Having continuously worked to develop the system since its launch, Dentsply Sirona sends its best wishes to the CEREC pioneer. The latest CEREC software upgrade builds on the history of digital dentistry and offers enhancements for the entire workflow.

Approximately every four seconds, an impression is taken with an intraoral scanner from Dentsply Sirona. Digital dentistry is currently thriving, but it started from humble beginnings.

More than 35 years ago, when Prof. Dr. Dr. Werner H. Mörmann and electrical engineer Dr. Marco Brandestini were looking for an alternative to amalgam fillings, the idea of a machine for computer-assisted production of ceramic restorations was born – marking the beginning of digitalization in dentistry. Together, they designed an intraoral scanner for taking optical impressions of the preparation, a milling unit for the computer-aided fabrication of restorations, and an according software, known today as CEREC (CEramic REConstruction).

CEREC Werner Mörmann intraoral digital software Dentsply Sirona
Fig. 1: Dr. Dr. Werner H. Mörmann and Dr. Marco Brandestini proudly present a CEREC prototype in 1986.

The all-new CEREC impresses with cutting-edge technology With the intraoral scanner Primescan, CEREC Primemill for the fabrication of restorations, the sintering furnace CEREC SpeedFire and the latest CEREC Software 5.2, the combined system has reached a new level of accuracy and speed. It also continues to be easy to operate and can be used for a wide range of indications.

The latest 5.2 upgrade of the Connect and CEREC software, as well as improved firmware, allow Primescan and CEREC users to implement various treatment concepts with digital workflows more efficiently, quickly and comfortably. Up to 1.5 million 3D data points are captured during scanning with Primescan intraoral scanners. This makes the scanning process much smoother and twice as fast*. The software is now even easier to use and optimizes the workflow. The mode “Full Range Dynamic Occlusion” was introduced for the articulation calculation. This includes a wider range of lower jaw movement in the calculations, thereby helping to detect more functional occlusal interferences.

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Fig. 2: Prof. em. Dr. Dr. Werner H. Mörmann, inventor of the CEREC method.

CEREC Primemill users also benefit from the software upgrade. Extra Fine Grinding is now available for many materials and substantially faster than with Dentsply Sirona’s MC XL milling unit. The Fast Grinding option is also now available for more materials. Dr. Andreas Bindl, dentist from Zurich who himself worked as senior physician under Prof. Dr. Dr. Mörmann, was particularly impressed by the filigree crown margin after using the Extra Fine Grinding mode: “The high level of accuracy achieved through the new milling modes makes post-processing virtually redundant. And that is indeed an important and new quality.”

CEREC system continues to open the door to new possibilities in digital dentistry

Today, CEREC is the key to numerous integrated workflows – in restorative dentistry, as well as implant dentistry and orthodontics. The potential applications of Prof. Dr. Dr. Werner H. Mörmann’s pioneering achievement are still being discovered. This system is constantly being further developed in close cooperation with users, scientists and Dentsply Sirona engineers.

CEREC Werner Mörmann intraoral digital software

As Prof. Dr. Dr. Werner H. Mörmann already said on the occasion of CEREC’s 35th anniversary: “35 years ago, people laughed at our idea for digital dentistry, but today it has become a standard in treatment and documentation. And I stand by my prediction that by the 50th anniversary, if not sooner, every practice will have CEREC or at least an intraoral scanner.”

Dentsply Sirona would like to offer Prof. Dr. Dr. Werner Mörmann its sincere congratulations on his 80th birthday, wishes him all the best and promises to keep up the enthusiasm, pioneering spirit and development momentum he initiated.

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