Our philosophy in restorative dentistry is to "restore the function of the system prior to it's parts." We typically rely on signs of the system "overloading" as well as symptoms in planning the restoration materials and treatment methods required. We communicate our diagnosis and treatment planning based on our technology and our findings. Finally, we present to you a recommendation and several alternatives in a "treatment plan" format. You chose the treatment plan that fits your desires and personal health philosophy.
Our major tool in delivering restorative dentistry is called the Cerec. Odd name for an interesting digital and robotic dental tool. It's major benefits are the quality of it's products, time saved, and value. The restorations are esthetically beautiful with chamelon-like color traits yet provide excellent strength. The secret to the strength of the restorations are bonded into teeth as a single, milled out piece of a factory-pressed ceramic block. Bonding, or "fusing" the ceramic or porcelain materials provides an excellent seal against the penetration of bacteria.
Cerec Dentistry is a computer-robot team that digitally designs dental restorations then mills the restoration out of a solid porcelain block. Cerec dentistry offers the most esthetic, most natural way to restore your teeth back to their original shape. Below is the before and after pictures performed by Dr. Matt at Abenaki Dental Care. You can see the restoration vanish within this patient's natural teeth. This solution was appropriate for our patient because she did not want to crown her tooth and neither did we. The porcleain onlay that you see restored her tooth back to it's original strength, did not require the removal of all the enamel (like a crown), saved her several hundred dollars, and turned her "grey tooth" back into a beautiful tooth.
Dental inlays and onlays produced by the Cerec are some of the strongest and most lifelike dental restorations available. Restorations restore teeth back to their original strength. Fillings fill holes in teeth, and typically need to be replaced every 3-10 years. Due to the bonding technique of restorations and the strength of the material, restorations are far superior than fillings in eshtetic and functional longevity. Replacing fillings often is not a good solution for patients. Each time a filling is replaced, the hole in the tooth enlarges. The more times the filling is replaced, the closer the filling encroaches upon the "nerve." This can lead to hypersensitivity and even the need for a root canal. For these reasons, we at Abenaki Dental Care prefer restorations rather than fillings. The procedure is very similar to that of a filling. After your mouth has been anesthetized we prepare the tooth in much the same way we would for a standard filling. When the tooth has been prepared to our satisfaction, a 3 dimensional image of the tooth is captured, using our computer. The inlay is then computer designed and generated by Dr. Matt in roughly 15 minutes. The inlay is placed into the tooth in the same visit. With proper care, your inlay or onlay will increase your individual tooth strength and instill confidence for years to come.
|Small decay in teeth may require an inlay to restore strength and health to the natural tooth structure.|
|The decayed portion of the tooth is removed from the sound tooth structure.|
|An inlay is fabricated to match the look and feel of your natural teeth. This restoration often resembles a puzzle piece.|
|In most cases the restoration will completely blend into the natural tooth structure after placed.|