Project Description

LUMINEERS are one of the most exciting solutions in cosmetic dentistry to be offered in years. Traditionally, patients have sought to address a number of issues, including stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth with Porcelain veneers. Although a popular answer to addressing these issues, many patients hesitate due to the intrusiveness, discomfort and permanency of the veneer application.

LUMINEERS are an evolution of the conventional porcelain veneer, and provide all of the benefits without the detriments. LUMINEERS are also made of porcelain, but are specially designed and adhered directly on to the existing tooth structure. LUMINEERS are as thin as a contact lens, yet remarkably sturdy and durable, and do not require the grinding and removal of the natural tooth structure to achieve a perfect fit.

LUMINEERS are made from a patented Cerinate porcelain, and can be completed in only 2-3 visits to a specialty LUMINEER dentist. Applied with the most durable adhesive and technique possible, the easy process produces a beautiful, brilliant and lasting white smile that allows patients to eat and drink as they normally would. Additionally, unlike with traditional porcelain veneers, the process is completely reversible as the underlying natural tooth structure remains intact.

Traditional veneers require some pain and discomfort due to the grinding, cutting and filling required to make room for the veneers to be fitted on top of the natural tooth structure. However, the thin design and direct application of LUMINEERS to existing teeth means no pain, no uncomfortable temporary façade, and no sensitivity during or after. A LUMINEER smile is beautiful, painless and natural the minute the application is complete.

LUMINEERS have been proven to last for 20 years or longer, and CERINATE offers a 5-year warranty (some restrictions) and no-charge replacement for patients. In many cases, LUMINEERS can be substituted for braces, depending on the severity of the misalignment of natural tooth structure. Mild misalignment is changed after LUMINEERS are applied and teeth appear straighter and more uniform immediately and painlessly.

THE CEREC® PROCESS

CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?

  • EXAM AND PREPARATION

    Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.

  • OPTICAL IMPRESSION

    In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.

  • MILLING UNIT

    This device labored to create custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.

  • PLACING THE RESTORATION

    After the restoration is complete, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.

ADVANTAGES TO USING CEREC®

CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:

  • Most procedures can be done in one visit – less costly and less time-consuming
  • Less painful injections due to single-visit
  • No need to take messy impressions
  • No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
  • Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
  • Longer lasting restorations – may last over 10 years
  • Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
  • Metal-free restorations

Make An Appointment

Eureka Dental Group has you covered, providing great care to keep your teeth healthy and happy. You should seek professional attention regularly; this is key to ensure the problems are caught in early stage. Don’t hesitate to make your Sacramento dentist appointment right away. Scheduling an appointment is a simple process and we work along with you to fit into your busy schedule.

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