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Cerec Onlays

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Onlays are unique restorations that are used to repair teeth where a filling is less than adequate, but there is enough sound enamel that a full coverage crown isn’t needed. Essentially, onlays cover about 3/4 of the tooth’s crown, rebuilding any damaged, fractured, or decayed areas while maximizing healthy tooth structure. Dentists often refer to onlays as “three quarter crowns.”

Traditional lab-fabricated onlays require at least 2 appointments. But, when CEREC technology is used, patients can have their onlays completed in only one visit to the dentist. After the tooth has been prepared, CEREC allows dentists to take a virtual “impression” of the mouth, without needing any messy impression material. This 3D image is electronically transferred into the office’s CEREC machine, which uses a matching resin block to create a customized fitting restoration (such as an onlay or even a crown.) After the fabrication is complete, the onlay is permanently bonded to the prepared tooth, and the patient is free to go!

CEREC makes one day dentisty possible for crowns, onlays, and other dental restorations.  CEREC treatments are great for people with busy lifestyles, and those that want to minimize the number of trips to the dentist. Not only are CEREC restorations just as strong as conventional treatments, they fit better. The precise detail that goes into the computerized manufacturing process eliminates mistakes that can happen during lab fabrication or transporting models.

A CEREC onlay will blend right in with your smile, because of the shade match process. Patient and dentist alike will choose a color together to reflect a restoration that matches the patient’s natural smile.

Don’t put your treatment off until the tooth breaks down even further. An onlay is a minimally invasive way to restore your tooth before you need a crown!

Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental



New Teeth in an Hour?

Whether you’re getting a crown, bridge, dental implants or dentures, new teeth can take weeks or even months to get. There are appointments for an examination, appointments to fit the new tooth and appointments to do the procedure. It also takes time for the dentist to send away to an outside lab to have the new teeth constructed.

But the dental industry is constantly trying to come up with ways to save time and money for patients like you. And do things better.

One of the newest innovations is 3D technology. Using such revolutionary techniques as 3D CAT scans and computer aided design and manufacturing, dentists and surgeons can do much of the planning, design and construction of prosthesis in office.

Dental implants are one area making strides. Using new technology developed by Nobel Biocare of Switzerland, dentists here in the United States are offering what they call One Day Dentistry or Teeth-in-an-Hour. It essentially reduces the lengthy, months long implant process down to an hour or so by using 3D technology not just to design and construct the implant, but to place it as well.

Dentists who offer Teeth-in-an-Hour say it not only streamlines and shortens the process, and allows the entire procedure to be done right in office, it also allows for more direct collaboration between the oral surgeon and the restorative dentist.

3D technology is also being used to design, construct and place crowns, bridges and fillings, reducing chair time for patients to an amazing hour or less, allowing a patient to literally wait right at the dentist’s office while the prosthetic is being built in the very next room.

Does Same Day Dentistry cost more? Considering that 3D equipment can cost a dentist upwards of $100,000, the cost is suprisingly not as much as you think. Most have been reluctant to pass the bulk of the expense onto their patients.

This latest innovation is perfect for people who aren’t especially fond of going to the dentist, or want more immediate gratification when seeking restorative dental care.

Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental


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