There is no restorative material that can match the strength, versatility, and beauty of properly designed and positioned bonded porcelains. That is why we, along with the very best dental offices around the world, use these restorations for virtually all our crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers.
With with our CEREC 3D technology, the Itero Optical Scanner, and our TechScan computerized bite adjustment, we are able to use these porcelains to restore teeth to their original strengths, contours, and esthetics. Unlike composite materials, porcelains wear at approximately the same rate as natural tooth structure, and will not shrink, distort or abrade disproportionately.
This means that the likelihood of spaces or gaps opening between the teeth (which can impact food and lead to gum infection and bone loss) is extremely remote. Additionally, because there is only a very very thin layer of composite bonding between the porcelain and the tooth, there is very little that can go wrong over time.
Teeth that require larger restorations, including molar crowns, or bridgework of any sort, are generally best restored with a ceramic base (replacing the metals that used to be beneath crowns and bridges) covered in a more natural, vibrant porcelain. These restorations are far more beautiful and lifelike and avoid the darkening near the gum line.
If you are in a hurry, we can do single molar crowns in one day that are exceptionally strong, but this is generally a slightly longer appointment. If you are not in a “need-it-now” situation, we often will have the lab complete the case, as the total amount of time you need to be here is slightly shorter. Additionally, our ceramic lab can use materials that are far harder than what can be produced in one visit. And not to worry—our temporary restorations will be beautiful and comfortable throughout their needed time, and you will not even realize that they are temporaries instead of the real restorations!
Veneers are an ultra-conservative way to change the shape and color and even size of the teeth, and we will use them on occasion to correct mis-sized teeth or to give that final “zing” to an orthodontic case. If we are straightening teeth with Invisalign®, we can pre-plan for these veneers and place them with very little preparation of the teeth at all. This means no injections at any time. Veneers are incredibly esthetic and very minimally invasive and should last for many decades.
With any restoration, it is important to have the bite just right, which is why all our bonded porcelain cases are double checked when we seat the restorations.
Please don't procrastinate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call at (503) 446-2722 so we can discuss options with you.