The future of dentistry is here with CEREC technology. Gone are the days when cosmetic and restorative procedures required weeks of waiting for restorations to arrive from the dental lab. Now dental crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers can be completed in a single appointment, in as little as an hour!
Using CEREC technology, dental restorations can be custom fabricated to blend into the shade and shape of your natural teeth in just one appointment. CEREC uses innovative CAD-CAM technology (Computer-Assisted Design—Computer-Assisted Manufacture) to custom fit and create your tooth precisely. With CEREC’s CAD-CAM technology, your dental restoration is made by a computer while you wait in the dental chair. Best yet, there is no inconvenience of a second appointment, no impressions and no temporary crowns that may fall off.
CEREC Dental Crowns
At Lake Country Dental, we opt to use CEREC dental crowns (or caps) when the majority of the tooth surface becomes so badly damaged that it is no longer possible to do cavity fillings or cosmetic ceramic inlays or onlays. A dental crown now can be used when more than 50% of your natural chewing surface has been lost.
CEREC dental crowns are made in the office in one visit, saving considerable time and inconvenience for the patient. Also, since CEREC crowns are made out of ceramic, they are durable and can be matched to the color of your existing teeth. CEREC restorations are the closest man-made equivalent to natural enamel. Think of it as "re-enameling" your tooth.
CEREC Inlays and Onlays
CEREC inlays and onlays allow you to keep more of your natural tooth—no more whittling down of the tooth to a point just to restore with a crown. With the newest CEREC and bonding technology, we are able to replace only the missing tooth structure with the closest manmade material to enamel—ceramic—available.
An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusp tips (in the middle part) of the tooth. CEREC inlays are custom-made out of ceramic to fit the exact measurements of a prepared cavity and are then cemented into place. They are much harder and last longer than composite resin fillings.
Fabricated and placed just like an inlay, onlays are used for more extensive reconstruction that can cover one or more cusps (or outer part) of a tooth. Onlays are typically used when a substantial reconstruction is required, but allows the doctor to maintain as much of your natural tooth as possible.
When more than 50% of your tooth is replaced, the term "crown" can now be used interchangeably with an inlay or onlay.