CEREC technology has improved dental crown treatment in the Melbourne area

Dr. Terry Rose, Smile In Style

There have been continual advancements in the ways that teeth are repaired and enhanced. Where cavity repair once consisted of filling the tooth with gold or dental amalgam, we now have the chance to retain natural beauty with tooth colored fillings. Larger areas of tooth damage, once repaired with gold or metal crowns, can now be quickly repaired in the most beautiful, durable way using CEREC technology. In our offices in the Melbourne area, patients choose CEREC restorations for many reasons.

Same-day care

With CEREC technology, tooth repair can be achieved in a single visit using customised inlays, onlays, veneers or crowns. With the exception of a filling, most treatments to restore tooth damage require more than one office visit. What this usually means is that injections of local anaesthetic are required to prepare the tooth and remove damaged material in one visit. Then subsequent injections are needed in the second visit for the removal and replacement of a temporary restoration. CEREC offers our patients the opportunity to bypass the second visit, and the second round of injections, and complete their restorative care in just one visit.

The CEREC difference

For well over a century, the standard of care in dentistry has been to repair teeth using durable metal. Even today, many dentists offer metal crowns covered in a shell of porcelain to create a natural look. While metal is a strong, durable material, this does not necessarily mean it is the best material to use for tooth repair. The lifespan of the average metal crown is just five to ten years.

In dentistry we are progressively moving away from the use of metals. With different combinations of metals in the mouth there are different galvanic interactions which can play havoc with the bodies electrical/ acupuncture networks along with corrosive metal dissolution from the interactions. Of particular note is if you have amalgam fillings in a patient’s mouth and you have a gold restoration placed you may have up to 500 times the amount of mercury released by each and every amalgam filling. Most patients when made aware of this opt for “safe” amalgam filling removal/ replacement. Cerec is our top line replacement alternative vs composite a cheaper and less durable option.

Crafted from biocompatible, strong, durable ceramic material, CEREC restorations are incredibly long lasting, not to mention attractive. Due to the similarities between ceramic and enamel, this material is actually ideal for tooth repair. Affected by heat and cold in the same way as enamel, a ceramic restoration will not pose a threat to tooth structure. Instead, CEREC restorations can strengthen the repaired tooth for decades of use.

Smile in Style in Moonee Ponds and Sunbury offers better choices for tooth repair. Contact our office to learn more about CEREC restorations. Phone: Moonee Ponds – 03 8400 4104 / Sunbury – 03 8001 6021.

 

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