CEREC onlays are one of many kinds of restorative dental procedures.
Restorative dentistry includes any dental procedure that "restores" a tooth. There are many reasons a tooth may require restoration. If a tooth is diseased with a cavity, broken down with large fractures or cracks, has an existing large old filling that is deteriorating, or the tooth is heavily worn, it may be deserving of one of the following restorative procedures:
Composite: Commonly known as white fillings, it is a tooth colored material that replaces diseased tooth structure.
Crown: A procedure where the tooth is encased in porcelain, a high noble metal or a combination of porcelain and metal. This strengthens a weak tooth, can provide improved shape, color, close gaps, and more.
Veneer: A procedure where a thin layer of porcelain is placed over teeth to improve or correct color or shape of teeth, repair chipped or worn edges of teeth, close gaps, and more.
Onlay: An onlay is an intermediate between a crown and a filling. Dr. Skvorak uses CEREC technology to attain a virtual impression, design the onlay, and mill the restoration. Onlays and crowns done with CEREC technology are completed within the same appointment and patients leave the same day with a permanent restoration. These restorations look natural, fit precisely, reduce post-op sensitivity and allow Dr. Skvorak to conserve more healthy tooth structure. For more information on CEREC procedures, click here.
Bridge: A bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth. The teeth to either side of the missing tooth are crowned and a false tooth replaces the missing tooth, connecting to both anchoring teeth. A bridge is cemented in place, looks and feels natural, and provides patients with a beautiful smile and chewing power.
Implant: An implant is used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or provide excellent retention for a complete denture. Dental implants consist of three parts, the titanium implant, an abutment, and a crown. For more information on dental implants, visit our implant dentistry page.