You may have heard a lot about CEREC crowns and procedures lately. If you have problems with your teeth, your dentist may suggest this method of restoration. There are advantages to get same-day crowns that you will not find with their traditional counterparts. Your dentist will help you understand the benefits and challenges of these…
CEREC Inlays, Onlays and Crowns [Guide]
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics) technology allows you to get dental restorations in a single visit. Your dentist can use this technology to provide same-day crowns, onlays and inlays. Before you schedule a procedure, learn more about your options. Then you can get your crown, inlay or onlay.
CEREC for crowns, inlays and onlays
It takes two appointments to get traditional crowns, inlays and onlays, but dentists can complete CEREC restorations in a single visit. Dentists prepare the teeth and take digital impressions. Dentists use computer technology to complete the model of the teeth and then send the model to a milling machine. The machine quickly fabricates the crown, inlay or onlay out of ceramic, and the dentist places it. Learn more about the process for crowns, inlays and onlays.
Dentists recommend crowns for teeth that have suffered trauma or are severely decayed. Crowns can also strengthen teeth after root canals. The dentist begins by shaping the tooth so the crown can fit. Then the dentist must remove a large amount of the natural tooth structure for the traditional crown, but only removes a small amount for a CEREC restoration. Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist takes impressions and fabricates the crown. It is placed securely around the prepared tooth and cemented in place.
Dental inlays and onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are referred to as indirect fillings since the restoration is usually made in a dental lab. However, they can be fabricated in the dental office with CEREC technology. Inlays and onlays are used when teeth have a large amount of decay but do not require crowns. Inlays and onlays strengthen teeth.
The dentist prepares the teeth by removing the decay and then takes digital impressions. The inlay or onlay is fabricated and placed. Inlays are used when the decay is located inside of the tooth. Onlays also fill the inside of the tooth by also covering the chewing surface. Onlays can cover one or more cusps. Both onlays and inlays are more conservative than dental crowns.
Caring for dental restorations
Patients need to care for the restorations just as they would for the natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are necessary, and patients should go to the dentist every six months. People who grind their teeth need to get mouthguards to wear at night to protect their inlays, onlays or crowns, as well as the natural teeth. Also, people should avoid eating sticky foods on teeth with restorations since that can cause the restoration to fail.
Do you want a same-day dental restoration?
If your tooth has suffered trauma, has a large amount of decay or is weak, consider getting a CEREC inlay, onlay or crown. Your dentist will examine your tooth to determine which is the right choice. Then your dentist will prepare the tooth and take a digital impression. The impression will be sent to a milling machine and you will have your new restoration in the same visit.
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