The CEREC® digital impression and milling system allows Dr. Eric Klumb, Dr. Mike Menolascino, and their team at Eureka Smiles to complete porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and other restorations in a single office visit for many patients.
Eureka, MO – At Eureka Smiles, Drs. Eric Klumb and Mike Menolascino offer a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments to give their patients a smile that is as healthy and beautiful as possible. In addition, the dentists in Eureka and the St. Louis area are focused on making the treatment process both comfortable and convenient. Recently, the practice began using the CEREC® system, an advanced technology that allows the dental team to create permanent restorations such as dental crowns and porcelain veneers directly on-site, without having to send them to an outside laboratory. The doctors say, in many cases, this makes it possible for patients to receive a new porcelain veneer or dental crown in a single office visit.
Drs. Klumb and Menolascino explain that the main advantage of CEREC®’s innovative technology is that the system saves patients time. Traditionally, they note, patients who need porcelain veneers or a dental crown often have to schedule at least two separate appointments to complete the procedure. During the first visit, a mold is typically used to create an impression of the patient’s teeth. This impression is then sent to a laboratory where the veneer or crown is custom-made and returned to the dentist’s office in one to two weeks. At that time, the dentist can attach the restoration and the procedure is complete. Drs. Klumb and Menolascino reveal that the CEREC® system can make the process dramatically faster. The system is comprised of an in-office milling station to create a custom-designed veneer or crown the same day the patient first visits the office, simplifying the process and making the procedure more convenient for patients.
According to Dr. Klumb and Dr. Menolascino, restorations such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns made with the CEREC® system can be just as effective – if not better than – restorations made at a laboratory. Plus, the Eureka dentists note that CEREC® also makes the impression process more comfortable by using digital imaging technology instead of a gooey, putty-like material, which they say can ultimately have a higher degree of accuracy when compared to traditional molds. Drs. Klumb and Menolascino explain that CEREC® restorations are crafted from high-quality ceramic materials and can last up to 30 years with the proper care.
For many patients who are in need of dental restorations such as crowns or porcelain veneers to address cosmetic or functional concerns with their teeth, the dentists say the in-office CEREC® system ultimately offers them a fast and effective way to achieve their goals in the most convenient way possible.
About Eureka Smiles
Eureka Smiles is a comprehensive dental office in the Eureka and St. Louis area. The practice offers a range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry procedures in addition to treatment options for sleep apnea and orthodontic concerns. The dental team at Eureka Smiles includes:
Eric Klumb, DDS
Dr. Eric Klumb is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, and other organizations. He is a strong advocate of continuing dental education and is now working on obtaining a Fellowship for the Academy of General Dentistry.
Mike Menolascino, DDS
Dr. Mike Menolascino is a graduate of Emory University and earned his dental degree in Kansas City. He is experienced with a wide range of dental procedures and has developed skills in a number of specialty areas. Dr. Menolascino performs routine dental care treatment as well as complex cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques designed to help patients improve both the health and appearance of their teeth and gums.
Dr. Jack Griffin
Dr. Jack Griffin earned his dental degree from the Southern Illinois University dental school before completing his residency in general dentistry at the University of Louisville. He is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Society for Dental Esthetics, and the American Orthodontic Society, among other dental organizations. Dr. Griffin also holds Mastership status in the Academy of General Dentistry and serves as a Diplomat of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. He is available for interview upon request.
18 Hilltop Village Center Dr.
Eureka, MO 63025