This new development in dental procedures involves a number of high-tech pieces of equipment being used to help create a simple ceramic restoration, as opposed to the gold amalgams of old. These can be put in place to replace previous amalgams, failing resin fillings and for restoring cracked or broken teeth. Without drilling down (sorry!) into too much technical detail, what we do is scan the affected tooth area using an intraoral camera, taking what is effectively a digital impression, as opposed to the uncomfortable traditional “cast”. This is assessed by software (and us) and a ceramic replacement is designed milled, polished and ready to be installed. It is then cemented or adhered into place, all in one appointment. Follow up visits are minimal, and studies are showing that ceramic replacement are proving more effective and longer lasting than the traditional materials used.