There are several techniques and materials that a Gettysburg dentist may use to
restore teeth. Composite resin is usefull if the cavity isn't too big. Crowns made of porcelain, metal, or a combination can hold a tooth together when the cavity is very large. Porcelain onlays made by a Cerec machine, are somewhere in between. Here’s a closer look at what Cerec onlays are and why this Gettysburg dentist likes to use them.
Although similar, a porcelain Cerec onlay is not a crown. Onlays are designed to restore a tooth’s biting surface. They are often used by Cerec trained dentists when a patient’s tooth has a cavity that is too large for a standard filling. A
crown, on the other hand, is designed to cover more surface area. Therefore, it is often used when an entire tooth has sustained extensive damage.
There are several advantages that may be gained by utilizing porcelain onlays over other restorative materials. To begin with, Cerec onlays allow for the preservation of the natural tooth. They also tend to blend in nicely with a person’s existing teeth. As a matter of fact, Cerec restorations are virtually invisible.
Cerec onlays generally take one visit to fabricate. The tooth is numbed. The decay is removed and an infrared image of the prepared tooth is uploaded to a computer. No messy impressions necessary! The Cerec restoration is designed on the computer and milled by a cad cam robot type machine. It is then chemically bonded to the tooth. Unlike with a lab made crown, there is no need for the patient to return for a second visit.
To learn more about porcelain Cerec onlays and speak with a Gettysburg dentist, please contact Samuels Dental Arts P.C. Our Gettysburg dentists may be reached online or by calling (717) 778-4268. We also serve patients in Chambersburg, Hanover and Harrisburg.