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10 Nov 2009

Posted by Sameer Puri on November 10th, 2009 at 10:58 am
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Its amazing what this website has evolved into. What started out as a way to share information and a few videos that were made by putting a camera on our CEREC machines has grown into thousands of members from all over the world. Some of the new features we have added is the ability to put videos directly into the discussion thread. Now when someone comes and asks a question about parameters, margins, etc, we can simply link the appropriate video right then and there. The next phase will include all flash videos and other features which will make the user experience better for all users. Starting in January, both Sirona and Patterson have committed dedicated members from their support team to monitor the message boards so that technical questions that the faculty cannot answer can be addressed from the corporate level. What I am most proud of is our dedicated faculty who tirelessly help out all users on the site. Armen and I used to spend hours providing support and now before we have a chance to address the users on the message board, the questions have already been answered by skramy, gardell, caso and rosenblatt. Couldnt ask for a better group of guys to work with. All in all, over the past few years, we have had some growing pains no doubt - thousands of owners a year, you are bound to have some issues. However as we move forward and Sirona continues to innovate our little CEREC machine with software updates, we hope that you make cerecdoctors your home for all things CEREC.
09 Nov 2009

I just finished my first restoration after installing the 3.65 service pack. It was a full coverage emax restoration on a second molar. I prepped a high lingual margin and the tooth leaned mesially a bit. The type of prep was notorious for an open buccal margin and a slight rock with the previous software version. Not so today! The crown dropped in with the best margins ever and a solid, non rocking fit. The combination of this software upgrade and the blue cam made this restoration very simple. The mesial inclination of the tooth sometimes would lead to a light or open margin mesially due to imaging problems. It is hard to get the margin imaged as well as the distal surface of the anterior tooth. In the past it was difficult to build the contact to good or real data. The blue cam has solved this issue with ease. Finally, being able to use emax in this area is really amazing and something we should really be happy about. I will have no concerns about this restoration long term because of the great fit and the strength of emax. Recent research has been so positive regarding emax that we should all feel totally confident using it in any application. With such positive changes to hardware, software and materials, restorative challenges are overcome so easily. Today's experience was a prime example of what is possible when everything comes together so well. We make it look so easy that many times our patients just don't have any idea about the massive behind the scenes efforts that make this happen routinely. So, the take home message is, install the 3.65 service pack right away and enjoy its many benefits on your next case. Jeff
06 Nov 2009

Posted by Peter Gardell on November 6th, 2009 at 09:52 am
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Awesome Buccal bite is so cool. Its been great using this with cases. I Did my first cerecconnect case posterior bridge imaging went well. I do see some areas that need improvement but all in all I think with a little bit of practice, it will be a great improvement to our workflow when restoring cases with Connect. Im looking forward to having it come in the regular software whenever Sirona implements it into the regular software. A couple of tips I noticed that made my buccal bite process a bit easier. I found that if you have an area in the prep in both prep and antagonist where you roll the camera enough to capture landmarks for stitching. The first time I did it, I had to go back to get some more images after I couldn't get the bite to 'snap' into place. I do think that with a bit more practice, this will be second nature as with anything in CEREC dentistry. I know other faculty have been testing buccal bite for a while and they have found it very easy to stitch. All in all I think its a great improvement to our software and it reinforces my decision to go with Sirona and CEREC as my cad cam of choice. Im looking forward to what else will be in the new software release in the coming months as the guys in bensheim burn the midnight oil.
05 Nov 2009

Posted by Mike Skramstad on November 5th, 2009 at 11:52 am
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Please see this discussion forum post for an important patch to Cerec Software Version 3.6. This is something you definitely want to download. Takes care of some very importants bugs in the software: http://www.cerecdoctors.com/ui/ViewforumNew.aspx?ForumID=2930

Anyone start doing cerec-connect yet? I love it. cases have been great. I, like others, have questioned connecting my machine to the evil internet (even though it is probably fine). Here is a 'how to' for those that want to export a connect file to another computer. Just make sure you have cerec connect on your machine. for those that don't yet, go to cerec-connect.com and click on dentist registration. 1) downoad cerec-connect onto the computer you want to send the case from. You will need the cerec connect disc 2) image the case on the machine, make sure it stitches, and draw all margins on the machine. I find that to be easier. Then save it 3) put a thumbdrive into the cerec machine and open it so you can drag the file in later 4) go to my computer>c: drive>program files>CEREC>DATA>and locate the case you just saved and click on that folder 5) There will be 2 files in here. Drag the file named 'restauration.cdt' into the thumbdrive that you opened earlier 6) You can rename the file on the thumbdrive by right clicking and hitting rename 7) Remove the thumbdrive and plug it into the computer you installed connect on 8) open the thumbdrive and find the file you dragged in there. Drag that onto the cerec connect icon and the program will open and you are ready to start filling out your digital RX form Mike Skramstad just uploaded a bunch of videos on CEREC Connect and Buccal Bite: Introducing Cerec Connect Introduction Videos and Buccal Bite By Mike Skramstad (Adjunct Faculty) Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:05 AM Just wanted to notify everyone that a new section of Cerec Connect videos has been uploaded. These videos will cover the folllowing: 1. Introduction to the Cerec Connect process 2. How to sign up for Cerec Connect 3. How to use the Cerec Connect Portal 4. Bridge case start to finish with Cerec Connect (very detailed) 5. Introduction to buccal bite 6. Full arch articulation using buccal bite. Some of you may be asking, 'what is buccal bite'. This is a brand new feature just introduces last week at the Cerec Symposium. Basically, it allows us to articulate upper and lower arch digital impressions without using bite registration material. Simply have the patient close in centric occlusion and take an image from the straight buccal. This truly is a game changer and one of the best new features in the CEREC software introduced in quite some time. I'm excited for you to watch the videos. Mike
04 Nov 2009

Posted by Peter Gardell on November 4th, 2009 at 10:00 am
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Sitting back cooking an Emax staight forward boring in fact Database # 14. Just told the small filling that was to be during the cook time cancelled. Kid sick Blah Blah Blah... The saving grace of Cerec is I can do that implant restoration that is sitting on my counter. Already have the implant level impression done so time sitting on my butt has turned into productive time. Get the patient in the book for the delivery. Pete