Dentistry’s game changers – Eimear O’Connell on CEREC

Eimear O'Connell discuss CERECTo celebrate 25 years of Dentistry magazine, we’ve asked leading dental professionals for their game-changing innovation that shaped their career. In this article we asked Eimear O’Connell what her game-changing product is.

Eimear received her dental degree from the University of Edinburgh.

She has run her own private dental practice in Edinburgh since 1996.

She received her MFGDP and FFGDP from the Royal College of Surgeons London and her diploma of implant dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

In 2015 Eimear’s practice won the Best Patient Care award.

Eimear is an international speaker and opinion leader for Dentsply Sirona with a particular interest in digital dentistry.

She has been using CEREC technology since 2008 and believes increasing the success of her practice has much to do with the implementation of digital dentistry.

Eimear is leading the way for women in dentistry.

She is the first woman to ever be president elect of the Association of Dental Implantology and works hard to promote women in dentistry in Scotland, England and Wales.

She was also the first female dentist in the UK to gain her implant diploma from The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.


For me, even though CEREC technology is more than 30 years old, this piece of equipment – well it’s several pieces of equipment really – is the most ground-breaking in terms of delivery of dentistry.

Now, patients can have a guided implant placed and restored in one day under the correct biological conditions.

Patients also love seeing their own dentition in HD and full colour.

This insight therefore allows them to make informed choices about managing their dentition.

CEREC technology allows both the patient and the clinician to make most effective use of their time by allowing the manufacture of single and multiple restorations in one visit.

Constructing everything on site from inlay/onlays to three-unit bridges is possible.

Implant placement using guided surgery can also be planned and delivered.

The most beneficial aspect of using the technology in my practice is the concept of one numbing.

If the correct anatomy exists, I can extract the tooth and place the implant in a single visit, requiring local anaesthetic, and then either use a temporary crown or customised healing abutment for the healing phase.

Eight to 12 weeks later the implant can be restored in a single visit with a screw retained crown and we rarely need to use any anaesthetic for this stage.

As you might imagine, this improves the patient perception of the implant journey.

It acts as a driver for new patients for this type of treatment.

This approach reduces the ‘fear factor’ by allowing the patient to see what we diagnose and also they don’t need to have an impression taken or indeed have multiple injections.

All in all, due to the patient’s better experience, this tool has allowed Bite Dentistry to keep growing.

Changing the game

Henry Schein Dental offers a variety of intraoral scanning solutions from the world’s leading manufacturers, providing a fast, accurate way to take digital dental impressions.

Leading the way is Primescan – the all-new intraoral scanner from Dentsply Sirona that is a game-changer in itself, setting new standards in dental scanning technology.

The advantages of intraoral scanning are clear:

  • No traditional impression taking
  • A single, same-day appointment is all that is needed to place a crown, bridge or inlay/onlay
  • Intraoral scanning integrates fully with many other digital workflows eg: dental implants and orthodontics
  • Greater accuracy, resulting in fewer remakes
  • Improved patient comfort and experience
  • Reduced treatment times improve practice efficiency
  • Enhanced treatment options
  • Instant digital communication with the laboratory of your choice
  • Differentiate your dental practice from the competition.

Got any questions?

For everything you need to know about intraoral scanning take a look at the new Henry Schein Dental e-book.

Come and join us

Book a demo now with one of our team or come along to the Dental Innovation Symposium 2020, winner of the prestigious Dental Industry Event of the Year Award 2019, to discover more. This year’s event will be held at the Pullman, London St Pancras on 1-2 May 2020. It is perfect for dental professionals who want to think and act differently and drive their dental business forward. Featuring a wide range of excellent keynote speakers with dedicated workshops which delve deeper into individual focus areas such as:

  • Digital dentistry
  • Practice management
  • Implants
  • Orthodontics
  • Teamwork
  • Marketing your practice
  • Practice transitions.

At the event, Eimear herself will share her own experience and insight of digital dentistry. Furthermore, she will cover everything from introductory scanning through to the full digital implant workflow.

The UK’s leading manufacturers will exhibit the latest in digital dental equipment and delegates can also have a ‘hands-on’ trial of any equipment with one of our digital specialists. Great entertainment on Friday night, the event will be rounded off with the famous Dental Circle party, therefore making this a weekend to remember!

Check out our range of equipment and see how digital dentistry can help you change your game in 2020!

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