In Office Restorations
Dental inlays and onlays are porcelain or composite resin restorations used to restore teeth that have only a moderate amount of decay. They are often used to replace metal fillings for patients who desire a more natural-looking smile.
Inlays and onlays are advanced solutions that use an adhesive to bond customized porcelain structures onto your teeth. An inlay only will provide coverage over the grooves and between the cusps of your teeth, while an onlay covers the grooves and cusps.
Keeping the teeth of our patients free from decay and beautifully white is our focus. Please call our office for a consultation about restoring the health and beauty of your smile.
You can count on your smile to look naturally beautiful as Dr. Ernest Gailiunas works to balance expert dental work with your facial features, harmonizing it so that the end result is a bright, healthy, and seamless smile.
Crowns can be made in our office and permanently cemented the same day. They can also be lab processed. Same day crowns are quick and easy. You can begin eating normally when you leave the office. The procedure for placement of a CEREC restoration is very simple.
The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. The doctor will then shape the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. The tooth is then sprayed with a very fine powder. This allows the digital camera to take an acceptable image. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D. This will allow the doctor to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the CEREC will mill the restoration. This step takes approximately 15-30 minutes, depending on whether your restoration is a crown or an onlay. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, the doctor will place the restoration. The entire process should take just over an hour.
Lab Processed Restorations
The process is different for a lab processed crown, taking 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken off of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made to fit in the spot created for it. It is also created so that it looks the same, relative to your surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area and the tooth will be placed using cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old beautiful smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.