Before I explain the convenient, state-of-the-art CEREC system, I’d like to explain what inlays and onlays are. Both restorations are more conservative alternatives to fillings, which means they require much less tooth removal. They can also strengthen the teeth, improving chewing force by up to 50 or even 70 percent.
Inlays repair damage within the cusps (raised areas on the biting surfaces of teeth) and onlays repair damage that covers the biting surface of teeth, including one or more cusps.
Traditionally, I would need to take impressions of a patient’s teeth, place a temporary crown or filling, send the impressions to a lab, and then wait for the lab to send the complete restorations.
But CEREC technology allows me to complete the entire process in one visit. With Blue Cam CEREC, I take a digital image of the teeth that need to be repaired, then the machine reads the image and mills a new crown, inlay, or onlay while the patient waits! I place the restoration and the patient can walk out the same day with stronger, more beautiful teeth.
CEREC restorations mimic the color of natural teeth, so they don’t stand out like metal amalgam or gold. They are also durable and I chemically bond them to your teeth, which makes them long-lasting.
If you would like to learn more about CEREC one-visit restorations, or if you want to schedule an appointment, call Dental today at 570-763-4360. I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, and I offer cosmetic and general dentistry for patients in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Trucksville, and surrounding areas.