Friday I gave a presentation at the Cerec 27.5 meeting in Las Vegas. Before my plane even landed in Vegas I was getting texts and Facebook messages about the new Cerec camera, Omnicam. Full of anticipation after my lecture my good friend Dr. Brad Weiss and I headed straight for the exhibit floor to play with the new camera. Omnicam is a powder-less, streaming video that captures every detail of the area being scanned down to the color differences, all in the same form factor as the original sleek Cerec camera. The image is incredible, clearly differentiating soft tissue from the teeth, and even discerning the difference between my gold crowns and the porcelain.
I do have to admit my learning curve. The first scan I took I had difficulty keeping the camera where it could get data to stitch. I took a moment and asked my good friend Dr. Armen Mirzayan who teaches with Cerec Doctors to show me how to use the new camera. In less than a minute he showed me the important features of the new camera, and I took a near perfect scan the next time I held the camera. His advice was simple:
- Move rather quickly, as going to slow works against you.
- Start in the anterior and move the camera to the posterior.
- Roll to the buccal and come anterior.
- Roll over to the lingual and move posterior.
- Dry field is critical, and no humidity, so keep the Isolite on while you scan.
Every time I think Sirona can not make any more major advances they surprise me. The combination of 4.0 software and the Omnicam almost eliminates the new user learning curve and makes exquisite form and fit a guarantee. If you already own a Cerec unit, talk to your Cerec specialist about the upgrade, and if you have been waiting until the time is right to dive into digital impressions or chair-side milling, the time is now.
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