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View the latest news for Intraoral Scanners, including new features, tipps and tricks.

CEREC Primemill, CEREC Primescan, CEREC SpeedFire, Hub


Mar 1, 2020

New brochure: CEREC Network Operation Recommendations

CEREC Primescan


Feb 4, 2019

CEREC Primescan

Software Generation 5


Oct 7, 2019

Software Generation 5

CEREC 5.1 Design Phase, move


Oct 7, 2019

CEREC Software 5.1

Connect SW 5.1, Scan


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Connect Software 5.1

CEREC Primescan. Enjoy the scan.

Dentist scanning patient with CEREC Primescan

Your advantages with CEREC Primescan

Digital impressions with CEREC Primescan deliver optimum results. The scanner will impress you with outstanding performance as it creates 3D models in photo-realistic and unsurpassed resolution that is immeadiately obvious - to you and your patients.

High accuracy

The sensors ensure ultra high resolution and model data density. You can even scan deep cavities and steep inclines

Increased usability

Easy scanning of all dental materials and hard to access areas: The increased field of view visualizes larger areas with less sweeps and immediate precision

Unparalled speed

Intelligent processing inside CEREC Primescan ensures optimum interaction with the software. Complete 3D-scan models are displayed immediately, no matter how fast you scan

High level of hygiene

Take control over infection: Choose between a variety of three different sleeves – including autoclavable and disposable sleeves

The new acquisition center

Smart features and greater comfort: intuitive use via movable 16:9 touchscreen and touchpad for perfect ergonomics

CEREC Primescan

The features


Outstanding full-jaw accuracy offers the potential to digitize many more indications in the future.

Accuracy is what I want. And CEREC Primescan is my answer.

Martin Wohanka, Hardware Engineer

Graphics: Effect of Smart Pixel Sensor

The new CEREC Primescan doesn’t give just one new point of view, but one million:

The innovative Smart Pixel Sensor processes more than 1,000,000 3D points per second, producing photorealistic and highly accurate data. In certain aspects, CEREC Primescan was viewed as the most accurate among the tested intraoral scanners that were compared in an in-vitro study*.

Its dynamic depth scan technology enables perfect sharpness and outstanding precision, even at a measuring depth up to 20 mm – an absolute advantage for deeper-lying indications.

What you see is what you get:
Due to Primescan’s ability to scan at an incredible data density, it delivers complete 3D structures of everything in its field of view – right from the very first scan.

* Ender et al, Accuracy of complete- and partial-arch impressions of actual intraoral scanning systems in-vitro, Int J Comput Dent 2019; 22(1); 11- 19; in the peer group of intraoral scanners, which did not cover several systems commercially available today, Primescan showed the best median and mean values across complete arch, anterior and posterior segments, few statistical limitations apply


Prompt results are my ambition. And CEREC Primescan is my answer.

Dr. Teena Steger, Software Developer

Accelerate the process: CEREC Primescan’s unique technology allows for easy capturing and quicker processing of more data in higher resolution. Intelligent processing in CEREC Primescan ensures the optimal interaction with the software by transmitting exactly the data the software needs to proceed. The result: Complete 3D-scan models are displayed immediately, no matter how fast you scan.

Enhance your connectivity: Thanks to seamless, validated and open data transfer options, laboratories and other partners receive high-resolution models in an instant. With CEREC Primescan, you benefit from the freedom to make the best choice of workflows for you and your patients.


Usability is my goal. And CEREC Primescan is my answer.

Florian Sobirey, UX Designer

Freedom of scanning with CEREC Primescan

Enjoy the freedom of scanning:
CEREC Primescan allows you to start scanning right away. It offers continuously self-heating for fog-free scanning – which means you’re always ready to go. Steep angles? Hard-to-access areas? Shiny materials? An easy job for CEREC Primescan.

Thanks to the increased field of view, you’ll be able to visualize larger areas with less sweeps and with immediate precision. The excellent scan results are instantly displayed on the touchscreen of the new Acquisition Center.

Surfaces of the following materials can be captured without coating:

  • Enamel and dentin, dry, wet, coated with blood
  • Oral soft tissue
  • Composite restorative materials
  • Ceramic restorative materials, polished
  • Metal such as gold, titanium, amalgam



New hygiene protection sleeves

Stainless steel sleeve with sapphire glass window for Primescan, multiple use

Stainless steel sleeve with sapphire glass window

  • Scratch-resistant window
  • For multiple use

Extensive reprocessing:

  • Wipe disinfection
  • HLD
  • Hot air sterilization
Disposable sleeve for CEREC Primescan/Primescan

Disposable sleeve

For single use

Stainless steel sleeve for Primescan/CEREC Primescan, autoclavable, disposable window

Stainless steel sleeve with disposable window

  • Autoclavable
  • For multiple use
  • Coming soon in 2020

CEREC Primescan and CEREC Omnicam

The comparison

Table: CEREC Primescan and CEREC Omnicam compared

*   Depending on experience and routine with the system
** Only applicable for autoclave sleeve

The new Acquisition Center

Benefit from all-around satisfaction

Along with the high-performance intraoral scanner comes the new Acquisition Center.

Together, they form a highly effective and most comfortable system – meeting your needs with two individual software configurations:

Primescan AC with Connect Software

Supports your connection to established partners workflows

CEREC Primescan AC with CEREC Software

Supports full chairside workflows for single-visit dentistry

Advantages of the new Acquisition Center

The new Acquisition Center comes with a touch pad and a 16:9 wide-format movable touchscreen, offering you a highly intuitive and ergonomic work platform.

Touch screen & Touch pad

For the most comfortable, intuitive use with familiar gesture commands


Designed for peace of mind in terms of hygiene - closed surfaces enable fast and easy disinfection


Perfect ergonomic positioning options for touch screen

Mobility Concept

Full mobility without losing power or case files thanks to 60-minute battery buffer

Single-visit Dentistry

The new Acquisition Center with CEREC Software supports full chairside workflows for single-visit dentistry.

The new Acquisition Center

The features

Intuitive touch screen with anti-reflection

This enables you a natural and intuitive software operation with gesture support.

Gesture control encludes all Windows 10 gestures.

Dentist taking digital impression with Primescan

Kinematics for flexibility

You can select the ergonomically optimum monitor position according to the individual treatment situation and process progress.

Cable holder, optimized handle

Improved ergonomics during transport and more freedom with the cable holder on the back for hassle-free mobility.

Smooth surface, very few gaps

make it easy to clean and disinfect the acquisition center.

CEREC Primescan AC and Primescan AC - The differences

CEREC Primescan AC with CEREC Software:

  • Supports full chairside workflows for single-visit dentistry
  • Flexible data export options
  • Automatized workflow thanks to Artifical Intelligence
  • Touch-enabled and intuitive user interface


Primescan AC with Connect Software:

  • Supports data transfer options to your preferred partners
  • Secure and encrypted data transfer through Connect Case Center Inbox
  • Easy upgradability to full chairside workflow
  • Touch-enabled and intuitive user interface


CEREC Primescan Brochure

Download our CEREC Primescan brochure here to find all the facts, features and the solution that suit your practice workflow needs.

CEREC Omnicam

Information on the feature "Shade Detection"

Shade Detection

The feature Shade Detection allows you to analyze the shade of any tooth based on the Omnicam scan. This gives you objective support and more certainty when selecting the suitable restoration shade.

You will find the shade analysis in the analysis tools section:

1. When the model is complete on the screen, open the tab on the bottom left to go to the "Edit model" step.

2. Click on "Analyzing tools" and the "Shade Analysis" field to start the feature.

3. Click on the middle of a tooth with the cursor to analyze its shade. Select the radius in a way that the adjacent teeth are not included and that you do not measure too close to the neck or cutting edge of the tooth. Correct shade analysis is not guaranteed in the gray areas of the model due to insufficient scan information.

See what other users say about the feature "Shade Detection".

Activating the feature Shade Detection in the software

If shade analysis is not displayed as an analysis tool, the feature may be deactivated. To activate the feature, open the tab at the top to go to configuration. Select your Omnicam from the list of tools there. Click on "Color identification" to activate the feature. In addition, you can choose here between the VITA Classic and VITA 3D color systems here.


For the shade analysis, you need to scan somewhat slower and more precisely than usual because additional information is needed for this feature; i.e. you stay longer on each tooth and vary the distance from the tooth. The gray areas of the model indicate there are insufficient data available for a shade analysis at these sites.

Color calibration

Before the shade analysis can be used, the Omnicam must first be color calibrated. Please note that the color calibration set has a maximum shelf life of only 2 years.  You can obtain the color calibration set from your authorized CEREC dealer.

The first generation of the CEREC Omnicam is not suitable for the shade analysis. The serial number for checking this can be read on the camera after removing the mirror sleeve; the number is found at the top on the lens tube. To test whether your camera is suitable, enter this number into "Omnicam check tool."

Check if your camera can be used for Shade Detection

Yes, your Omnicam can be used for Shade Detection from CEREC SW 4.5.

No, unfortunately your Omnicam cannot be used for Shade Detection.

In case you are interested in this feature, there is the possibility of replacing your Omnicam. Please contact your dealer. Nevertheless, you can use all other features of the CEREC SW 4.5.

The serial number you entered could not be found. Please recheck the number.

Necessary to use the feature: Color calibration

Before the feature “Shade Detection” can be used, the CEREC Omnicam must be color-calibrated at the beginning. The color calibration kit can be purchased from your authorized CEREC dealer (REF number: 66 30 714). In the adjacent video we show you how to perform the color calibration and then use the color analysis.


Please note that the color calibration set
  • has a maximum shelf life of only 2 years. The expiration date can be found on the bottom of the color calibration set case. Due to previous storage, it is possible that its shelf life has decreased to less than two years.
  • can only be used for one year after opening the case. Write the date on which it was opened with a waterresistant pen on the case lid after “Opened on _________” and do not use it again after one year.

After expiration of both periods, the color calibration set should no longer be used.

Calibration Data

The data is only available to CEREC AC users with Omnicam Unzip the downloaded zip file (example to a stick and copy the two unzipped files (Calibration and CalibRegistry.exe) in any directory of CEREC AC with Omnicam of your choice, e.g.: "C:\Sirona" and start the file:"CalibRegistry.exe" by double-clicking it. Please enter the ID of your calibration set. Then the calibration reference data for the calibration set on your CEREC AC is ready for calibration of your CEREC Omnicam.

Omnicam Calibration Data May 31, 2016 , 22 MB

Export options with CEREC Primescan and CEREC Omnicam

Expanded treatment options thanks to intuitive interfaces

Not least because of the possibility of open scan data export in STL format, our intraoral scanners offer you not only the classic chairside workflow but also various export options for more flexibility in working with your CEREC system.

1) Direct communication with your dental lab

Scan. Check. Send.
Receive and transmit data via the Connect Case Center.
Design with inLab SW, produce with inLab or other CAD/CAM production units and finalize.

Your trusted lab technician is directly connected to your CEREC system via the the Connect Case Center Internet portal. This spares your patients the discomfort of conventional impressions, even for indications you do not plan on treating in one visit. The Connect software provides you with everything you need to send impression data, and it comes pre-installed on your CEREC system. Sending data via Connect is, of course, free of charge.

Register now for the Sirona Connect portal


Design Service for CEREC Users

It does not always have to be the finished restoration that leaves the laboratory. With the digital Design Service, laboratories can receive the intraoral data set via the Connect Case Center Inbox, design the desired work with the inLab software and send the design data set back to the CEREC practice for finalizing. A digital service that can save valuable treatment time in the practice and reward dental know-how.



2) External production with the involvement of your dental lab

Scan with CEREC Primescan or CEREC Omnicam
Data transfer via Connect Case Center Portal
Design with inLab Software
STL export
Unlimited further processing

3) Open Scan Export

Scan with CEREC Omnicam
STL export
Unlimited further processing

4) CEREC Ortho Workflow

Scan with CEREC Primescan or CEREC Omnicam
Data export with CEREC Ortho Software
Clear aligners as SureSmile® aligners

5) The Digital Implant Workflow

1. Data Capturing

Optically scan the situation with CEREC Primescan or Omnicam, design the crown, and import the prosthetic proposal into the GALILEOS Implant software.

2. Restorative and Implant Planning

Plan the implant in the GALILEOS Implant software based on prosthetic data and a 3D X-ray image. Finally, import the planning data into the CEREC software. Create a surgical guide with a depth stop tailored to the selected implant and position for a precise fit.

3. Guided Surgery

The implant is securely and easily placed in a minimally invasive procedure using a surgical guide.

4. Digital Impression

The virtual 3D model is calculated based on the intraoral scan of the scanbody, the adjacent teeth and scan of the scanbody. Taking all this information into account, the software automatically recognizes the three-dimensional position of the implant.

5. Prosthetic Design

Use the CEREC software to plan the abutment and crown or screw-retained crown in few steps.

6. Finalization

Immediately produce your temporary or final restoration with the CEREC MC X or MC XL Premium Package and insert it precisely in your own practice.

CEREC Network

Operation Recommendations


For your CEREC network, please consider this information:

As the CEREC Primemill’s firmware updates are typically much larger than those for the MC XL units, completing these updates with a radio module takes considerably longer than with a WiFi solution. CEREC Primemill also offers additional features such as remote login which require a connection to the practice (or lab) network.

Dentsply Sirona recommends that CEREC Primemill as well as our other manufacturing devices (e.g. CEREC MC/MC X/MC XL, inLab MC X5, CEREC SpeedFire) and Hub are connected via an ethernet LAN cable to the practice network.

For example, the practice’s manufacturing devices and Hub can be connected to a switch which is in turn connected to the practice router. Primescan AC / Omnicam AC is connected to the network via WiFi that is provided by single WiFi-Access points per operatory. Those are connected via ethernet (LAN) cable to the router using one SSID and act as a Mesh Network.

Note: PowerLan/Powerline Communication (PLC) connections are not recommended!

In case the given infrastructure does not provide ethernet cabling and sockets at the point of operation of the manufacturing devices, it is recommended to set up a TriBand-Mesh Network with satellites that provide ethernet ports. Such systems include Netgear’s Orbi System, UniFi or TP-Link.

Please find all details in the new document CEREC Network Operation Recommendations. This document covers all CEREC network-based components.

CEREC Network Operation Recommendations

Recommendations for establishing a CEREC network in your dental practice.

Stickout brochure CEREC Network Operation Recommendations

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In our database you can find images of CEREC Primescan and CEREC Omnicam for download, which you can integrate, for example, on your website.


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Frequently asked questions on the CEREC Intraoral scanners

Technical details CEREC Primescan

    Within CEREC SW, CEREC Primescan models can be used for all indications supported by CEREC Omnicam. Models created and  exported can be used for any CAD/CAM dental application, including dental surgery and orthodontics.

    CEREC Primescan’s outstanding full-jaw accuracy offers the potential to digitize future indications that today can only be treated conventionally.

Surfaces of the following materials can be captured without coating:

• Enamel and dentin, dry, wet, and coated with blood.
• Oral soft tissue.
• Composite restorative materials.
• Ceramic restorative materials (polished, see limitations below).
• Metal such as gold, titanium and amalgam(see limitations below).

Powdering the teeth does not have a significant effect on scan performance.

Fully translucent materials, e.g. glass may require coating prior to capturing. The recommended coating agent in these cases is CEREC Optispray. A layer of minimum thickness is sufficient.

Both products feature identical hardware. Pre-installed software and licenses differ, with the CEREC SW only being installed on CEREC Primescan units.

Every Primescan AC can be upgraded to a CEREC Primescan AC.

Yes, the Connect SW 5.x is included in every acquisition unit with delivery as well as one Inbox license. This enables a smooth workflow between the dentist and his or her laboratory.

The innovative Smart Pixel Sensor processes more than 1,000,000 3D points per second, producing photorealistic and highly accurate data.

In certain aspects, CEREC Primescan was viewed as the most accurate among the tested intraoral scanners that were compared in an in-vitro study.* Its dynamic depth scan technology enables perfect sharpness and outstanding precision, even at a measuring depth up to 20 mm – an absolute advantage for deeper-lying indications.

*Ender et al, Accuracy of complete- and partial-arch impressions of actual intraoral scanning systems in-vitro, Int J Comput Dent 2019; 22(1); 11- 19; in the peer group of intraoral scanners, which did not cover several systems commercially available today, Primescan showed the best median and mean values across complete arch, anterior and posterior segments, few statistical limitations apply

Acquisition Center (AC)

Both for its touchpad and its monitor touchscreen, all Windows 10 gestures are supported.

  • Battery running time (during operation, i.e. scan): More than 60 minutes
  • Battery standby time: Up to 4 hours

The acquisition unit is equipped with a touch monitor that includes an on-screen keyboard, which is opened automatically when needed.

Software & Interfaces

Yes, the data can be used in the inLab software.

Yes. CEREC SW 5 has the same compatibility as the previous version.

No, this is not possible.

Yes, it is possible to operate two CEREC scanners (even CEREC Primescan and CEREC Omnicam) with one milling unit, e.g., via a wireless connection.

Yes. Primescan AC can be upgraded to a chairside unit by just purchasing CEREC SW 5. As soon as you have CEREC SW 5, you can work with a CEREC milling unit and CEREC SpeedFire.

Yes, data can be exported via STL or to 3rd party CAD software at any lab using Inbox via the Connect Case Center.

If there is no CEREC SW installed, it’s not possible to design at all. If CEREC SW has been installed without licenses, it can be used in demo mode to design restorations, but these cannot be exported or manufactured.

Only with a CEREC SW license can restorations be designed and produced.

Yes, by exporting the data as an STL file, models can be printed with all common 3D printers.

Graphical User Interface (GUI)

  • Tap
  • Double Tap
  • Touch-Drag (horizontal/vertical) [sliders, scroll bars, drag-and-drop, …]


3D Scene (View)

  • Tap
  • Long Tap
  • 1-Finger Touch-Drag (horizontal/vertical) [rotate]
  • 2-Finger Touch-Drag (horizontal/vertical) [pan]
  • 2-Finger Pinch and Spread [zoom]
  • 2-Finger Rotate


Design Phase

Tap and Hold: Tool wheel opens

Yes, STL export of scan data is already included in the CEREC Software, Connect Software and CEREC Ortho Software. No additional license is necessary.

All our scanners come with an Inbox license to enable a smooth workflow to all labs. Therefore, we are as open as possible. However, we also provide a large number of seamless workflows and workflows with validated partners.

The Connect Case Center Inbox is a software application that allows receiving cases through the Connect Case Center and importing them into any lab software.

Each CEREC Primescan AC and Primescan AC is delivered with a free-of-charge license voucher which you can give to a laboratory of your choice. Additional licenses can be ordered. 

FAQs: Frequently Asked Question on CEREC Omnicam

  • A CEREC Omnicam, which is suitable for shade analysis
    (you can check this with the Omnicam Check Tool, which can be found within the topic "Shade Detection" on this page)
  • A color calibration set (REF number: 66 30 714)
  • Software version:
    • CEREC Software 4.5.0 or later
    • CEREC Premium Software 4.5.0 or later