With CEREC, we can offer an alternative to crowns in some cases. When a large portion of the natural tooth has become decayed, and a filling will not be strong enough, dentists must trim off most of the tooth structure to make room for a crown to be placed on what is left of the tooth. Later on, if the tooth needs to be restored again, often the tooth will need to be extracted and replaced with a bridge or implant. However, CEREC offers an alternative, called an onlay, where only the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, preserving more of the natural tooth. If the tooth with an onlay needs to be restored in the future, a crown can be placed, instead a bridge or implant.
CEREC also allows us to replace old amalgam metal fillings (which contain mercury) with ceramic ones, improving both aesthetics and health.
The CEREC technology also works for cosmetic restorations, so anterior crowns and veneers are completed in a single visit to our Jacksonville office, often with dramatic results.