In our last blog entry, we talked about the many benefits of CEREC® 3D CAD/CAM technology and providing customized restorations in a single dental appointment. Today, we’ll talk about how this technology allows our experienced dentists to perform more conservative dentistry, ultimately removing less of your original tooth structure to accommodate a restoration.
In a recent article published in Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Jack Griffin, one of our cosmetic and restorative dentists here at Eureka Smiles, discussed advances in dentistry that have made it possible to provide conservative, minimally-invasive treatment for dental problems that have traditionally required a heavier amount of alteration to even healthy parts of an affected tooth. He presented one particular case involving a patient that needed to have amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a porcelain inlay/onlay to strengthen and protect it. With CEREC® 3D computer aided design technology and an in-office milling system, Dr. Griffin was able to maintain a larger amount of the original tooth structure while providing the patient with an exceptional restoration in a single office visit. The inlays/onlays were created utilizing a tooth-colored porcelain material as opposed to metal, giving the teeth a more natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The example Dr. Griffin wrote about is just one of many success stories that involve the innovative CEREC® technology. Preserving as much of your original teeth as possible, even when significant dental work must be performed to address cosmetic or functional issues, is very important to maintain a long-lasting, healthy set of teeth. Conservative dental techniques often allow us to provide you with more convenient treatment and a more pleasant experience here at our practice!