Aesthetic and restorative dentistry

Tooth-colored fillings

For a natural and aesthetic approach to tooth restoration, the Dental Studio offers tooth-colored fillings. Also called composite resins, these fillings are made of durable plastics mixed with microscopic glass particles and are able to bond to teeth adhesively. Thus less of the healthy part of a tooth has to be removed to hold the filling in place.
Tooth-colored fillings can be placed in small cavities and low-stress areas. These types of fillings are more expensive than metal fillings because they take longer to place. Most patients find these natural-looking fillings well worth the additional cost.
If the decayed area is large or subject to heavy chewing pressure, CEREC 3D inlays and onlays are recommended as opposed to composite fillings.

CEREC 3D inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to restore large cavities on teeth subject to heavy chewing pressure, as well as to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a crown. The Dental Studio offers inlays and onlays that are made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain and composite resin. Because they are created from tooth-colored materials, inlays and onlays are often used to replace metal fillings for patients who want a more natural looking, healthier smile.
Our professionals utilize the CAD/CAM CEREC 3D system to manufacture inlays and onlays. CAD/CAM, the acronym for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Milling (CAM), ensures that inlays and onlays can be placed in one single visit.
A CEREC restored tooth allows the dentist to conserve more of a patient’s natural tooth structure; it requires less tooth reduction than a metal filling because CEREC inlays and onlays are able to bond to teeth adhesively.
Our professionals use materials that closely match the composition of natural teeth, this ensures that the inlays and onlays will expand or contract at almost equal rates with the natural tooth structure when eating hot or cold foods. This prohibits the tooth to weaken or crack.
CEREC 3D crowns
When a tooth is severely broken or decayed it needs to be restored with a crown, crowns are also placed to improve the aesthetic appearance of a tooth. A crown is used to cap or completely cover a tooth and by doing so it strengthens the tooth.
At the Dental Studio the CEREC 3D CAD/CAM system is utilized to manufacture all ceramic crowns. The CEREC 3D software ensures that the crown’s anatomy matches that of the neighboring teeth for an aesthetic and natural appearance. Our professionals use the finest, tooth-colored materials available to dentistry for these CEREC crowns. The thermal properties of the material, Vita Mark II, are very close to that of a natural tooth and wears at the same rate as tooth enamel. The CEREC crowns are Bio compatible and highly aesthetic.
When choosing a CEREC crown bear in mind that only one appointment is needed for the preparation and placement. No more gagging impressions and yellowing temporary crowns!
CEREC 3D veneers
A veneer is a thin covering made of a ceramic with almost the same thermal properties of natural teeth, which is placed over the front, visible part of a tooth. Veneers can be placed on front teeth that are severely discolored, poorly shaped, slightly crooked, chipped or worn. Veneers may also be used to lighten teeth that cannot be whitened by bleaching.
The CEREC 3D CAD/CAM system is utilized when manufacturing veneers at the Dental Studio, which means that veneers can be placed in one single appointment! The material we use with the CEREC system has a translucent ceramic quality and provides a more natural look than what has been available in the past.

The CEREC® milling process from start to finish

The new CEREC® milling unit manufactures a crown in less than 15 minutes.

At the Dental Studio we have a wide variety of materials available.

The porcelain block is inserted and ready to be transformed into a precision made crown.

Two diamond burs milling a crown

The green light indicating that the milling process is finished

Tooth whitening
Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentine. Treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Our oral hygienist can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through an oral examination. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dental professional is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.
The complete procedure takes just more than an hour. The procedure begins with a short preparation period to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. This is followed by 45 minutes of bleaching.
Sensitivity during or after treatment, may occur with some patients.

Dr. Nic van Reede van Oudtshoorn is taking an optical impression with the CEREC® camera, to design and manufacture a CEREC® restoration.

Dr. Sybrand van Reede van Oudtshoorn, with the assistance of digital x-ray systems is explaining to a patient different treatment options.

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