Restorative Dentistry – One Visit Dentistry
When a tooth has been damaged due to dental decay or breakage, it must be either filled, or restored with an onlay or crown. Our goal is to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible, and we prefer to use materials that allow us to most closely match the tooth color. Depending on the situation, we may be able to conserve the tooth by creating an onlay, a procedure only 12% of the dentists in the nation perform. For both onlays and crowns, we use CAD/CAM dentistry, digital imaging from which we mill the onlays and crowns right here in the office.
Why do I do CAD/CAM dentistry?
CAD/CAM dentistry provides a three dimensional digital image of your mouth, which allows us to sculpt and shape a crown or onlay with state-of-the-art software, and then mill it on-site with our CEREC milling machine. A procedure that took up to 6 weeks to complete in the past can now be performed in one visit while you wait.
Not only is it faster, but the end result is a more comfortable fitting restoration with custom color matching that looks completely natural. At Maine Integrative Dentistry, we have been making restorations this way since 2002 when we invested in the technology and became one of the first dental practices in Maine to be able to offer this level of service.