May 21, 2013
In our last post we talked about CEREC and how it’s making crown restorations easier and more convenient. Crowns are just the beginning, though. Our CEREC milling can also fabricate metal-free inlays and onlays that will blend in seamlessly with your smile.
It’s helpful to think of inlays and onlays as in-between services. Let’s say you have a big filling that needs to be replaced. On the one hand, you almost need more than a filling to put in its place; on the other, a full crown could almost be described as overkill. What you really need is a service that can bridge the gap between a filling and a crown—that’s where inlays and onlays come in.
Inlays are made to go between a tooth’s cusps, which are the bumps on top of a tooth. Onlays, meanwhile, are made to fit over one or more cusps. In both cases, because they’re being milled with Dr. Salivonchik’s CEREC machine, patients can look forward to getting the care they need in a single appointment instead of two or more.
Is an inlay or onlay right for you? To find out, call Dr. Salivonchik to reserve an appointment. During at a consultation at his Coplay dental office, Dr. Salivonchik can help you understand your needs and explain the best course of action that will work best for you. We’re proud to serve patients all around the Lehigh Valley area.
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June 29, 2012
Often, when your dentist finds signs of tooth decay, a filling is the only treatment you need. In other cases, however, where decay is more extreme, a crown may be needed instead. But there are also in-between cases where a filling isn’t enough but a crown is too much. It’s in cases like these that dentists rely on inlays and onlays.
Inlays and onlays are milled, just like a crown, but instead of capping a tooth, they fit into a tooth the way a filling would. What’s more, because Dr. Salivonchik’s Coplay office features revolutionary CEREC technology, an entire inlay/onlay procedure can be completed in just a single visit.
Conservative Care with Inlays and Onlays
If Dr. Salivonchik has informed you that you need an inlay or an onlay, here’s what you can expect from your appointment.
First, Dr. Salivonchik will clean your tooth, removing any signs of decay or old fillings. Then, once that has been done and a digital impression has been taken, we’ll feed the information we’ve gathered to our CEREC machine. In just a short amount of time, our CEREC machine will mill your custom-made restoration while you rest comfortably in our office. Then, all that’s left is for Dr. Salivonchik to put your inlay or onlay in place, completing your procedure.
Do You Still Have Questions?
If you still have questions about how inlays or onlays can help you, call Dr. Salivonchik’s Coplay office to schedule a visit. Our office happily serves patients from Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and beyond.
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August 16, 2010
We have upgraded our Cerec machine which makes crowns,veneers and inlays in one visit while you wait. Even cases we have to send to the lab can be scanned with the Cerec and sent to the lab online. This means we can almost eliminate impressions, which is great for gaggers.
July 9, 2010
Bonding, white fillings, porcelain veneers, onlays and crowns require attention to detail. Research shows that sensitivity and bond failure often results from incomplete polymerization of the material. Polymerization is initiated by a high intensity light which if not maintained or updated will underperform. This is a common problem. We monitor the intensity using an electronic device on a weekly basis. In addition we just invested in the highest rated light emitting diode curing light on the market. This is not something most people would ever think of, but it is important.