Restorations in Redlands, CA
All Porcelain Crowns and Onlays
Our office offers a wide range of all porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. Because these restorations contain no metal substructure, they are able to transmit the color of adjacent teeth and tooth structure.
This enables them to blend more completely with the surrounding natural teeth. In addition to their chameleon-like quality of disappearing in the mouth, these restorations have become stronger than ever.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most
conservative esthetic dental restorations. They offer both beauty and
vitality that most people will think they are your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are incredibly strong and can actually increase and
restore a tooth's strength. Veneers are thin, semi-translucent "shells"
typically attached to your front teeth. Veneers are customized from
porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are a
great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the
appearance of your smile.
Common Problems That Veneers Are Used For:
|• Spaces between the Teeth
• Broken or Chipped Teeth
• Crooked or Misshapen Teeth
• Unsightly, Stained or Discolored Teeth
• Permanently Stained or Discolored Teeth
Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even
help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can
be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is
completed in only two office visits.
Please contact our office if you have any further questions on veneers.
What is dental amalgam?
“Dental amalgam” is the term dentists use to refer to what patients know as a “silver filling”. Despite its name, silver is only one small part of what makes up dental amalgam – they also contain copper, tin, and other materials like mercury (which is mostly where its color comes from). As fillings age and tarnish, they slowly darken in color from silver to black. Many patients have even shown to be allergic to one or more of the materials in traditional silver fillings, requiring an alternative.
What alternatives are there to dental amalgams?
There are actually several alternatives to conventional metal fillings! “Composite resin” fillings are made of a white-colored, versatile material that blend in almost seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, making your fillings impossible to see in casual interactions. Porcelain restorations like crowns and veneers, and porcelain-fused metal crowns are also alternatives to the traditional dental amalgams. Be sure to ask Dr. Chung which restoration types and materials will give you the best and longest-lasting results.
Are there other reasons for removing dental amalgam?
Yes, there are many reasons that traditional metal fillings would need to be removed. The biggest problem with dental amalgam is that it does not truly bond with the surrounding tooth material, which means that even though it is standing in the place of real tooth, it does not behave in the same way. When exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures (like hot coffee or ice cream), the metal in the amalgam will slightly expand or contract, causing small microleaks in the tooth, which allow for a wide range of problems, from new cavities to chipped or broken teeth.
- Contain metals that expand and contract with hot and cold temperatures, causing leakage and decay over time and potentially fractures and breaks.
- Require more tooth material to be removed to hold the metal fillings in place, which weakens the structure and inevitably lessens the overall lifespan of the tooth.
- Discolors the tooth as it erodes, making it appear dark.
Porcelain and Composite Restorations:
- Provide the ability to save more tooth material than conventional fillings, keeping more of the tooth intact.
- Are strong and support the tooth through its more permanent and natural bond with the tooth’s material.
- Are more attractive because they are tooth-colored.
- Look and feel great and are very durable
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym...
Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
of Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.
For an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to
restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings,
or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to
have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one
visit to the dentist...in, out, and on with your busy life. The state of
the art CEREC system was developed in 1985 at the University of Zurich
in Switzerland by a dentist, Dr. Werner H. Moermann, and an electrical
engineer, Dr. Markus Brandistini. Today, CEREC 3 with CEREC 3D software
is still the world's only chair side dental CAD/CAM restorative system.
At the heart of the system is the innovative technology.
Single Appointment Dental Care
dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist.
This means that on the first visit, you get an injection of anesthesia,
your tooth prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration
put on your tooth. You make a second appointment for a couple of weeks
later, get another injection, have the temporary pried off (if it hasn't
fallen off already), and have a permanent restoration put on. Why go to
the dentist a second time when you don't have to? With CEREC, the
procedure is done in a single appointment, start to finish.
Finest Dental Materials
CEREC tooth restoration isn't just convenient, it is also healthy. Many
years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth
other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, your dentist
can use strong, tooth colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to
their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely
match the composition of natural tooth structure. This means when you
eat hot food and then drink something cold, the restoration and tooth
expand and contract at almost equal rates. So, your tooth does not
crack, and you can go on enjoying your evening. Also, the materials are
chemically bonded to your tooth, so your dentist can save as much
healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental
restoration that strengthens your tooth.
dentist can use CEREC for more than just crowns and fillings. CEREC is
capable of producing any single tooth restoration. Chipped or discolored
front teeth can be repaired with beautiful CEREC porcelain anterior
crowns or veneers. Your smile makes a lasting first impression. Enhance
it with CEREC.
For more information visit www.cereconline.com
Contact us today to schedule a first-class cosmetic dentistry appointment in Redlands, California.