CAD-CAM PORCELAIN DENTAL VENEERS IN SINGAPORE

A beautiful smile not only makes you look youthful, but it also boosts your self-confidence and enhances your personality. Unfortunately, crooked, stained or chipped can ruin your smile and facial aesthetics. However, there is no need to worry. If you have damaged teeth that are negatively affecting your smile and personality, then we have the perfect cosmetic treatment option for you; porcelain veneers designed with the contemporary CEREC system-based CAD-CAM technology.

What are CAD-CAM Porcelain Veneers?

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is attached to the front surface of damaged teeth to restore their appearance, function and structure. However, instead of the conventional veneers, we offer the revolutionary porcelain veneers prepared by using CAD-CAM technology. CAD-CAM, an acronym for “computer-aided manufacturing and computer-aided designing”, refers to a technology in which dental prostheses are designed and manufactured using the modern computer technology. As a result, the prostheses prepared by using the CAD-CAM technology are not only much stronger and more durable, but they also possess superior aesthetics than the conventional veneers.

Who can Benefit from Dental Veneers?

Beautiful woman with charming smile

At Dental Designs Clinic, we recommend CAD-CAM porcelain veneers for the management of the following problems:

Although virtually anyone can benefit from dental veneers, extra care needs to be taken in patients who have a habit of excessively grinding their teeth.

How are Veneers Prepared using CAD-CAM Technology?

One of the best things about the CAD-CAM technology at Dental Designs Clinic is that veneers can be prepared at the dental chairside and that too in a matter of hours! At Dental Designs Clinic, we use the quality German designed and manufactured Dentsply Sirona CEREC CAD-CAM system for fabricating veneers for our esteemed patients. Here’s how we prepare CAD-CAM based veneers for your new smile:

Ceramic veneers prepared using conventional techniques typically require several weeks for completion, in addition to demanding multiple patient visits, whereby the teeth are covered in a temporary layer which are uncomfortable and can crack and stain before the final veneers are placed. In contrast, CAD-CAM based porcelain veneers can be fabricated in a single day. CAD-CAM based veneers allow you to enjoy the smile of your dreams in less than a day!

Pros and Cons of Ceramic Veneers Prepared from CAD-CAM Technology

Dental implant in CEREC machine

In addition to requiring considerably lesser fabrication time, veneers prepared by using our latest CEREC technology offer several advantages over the conventional ones:

CAD-CAM technology is the future of cosmetic dentistry. Therefore, we have started using the state-of-the-art CEREC CAD-CAM system to prepare ceramic crowns for our patients which are not only cosmetically pleasing but also restore dental structure and function. So, what are waiting for? The smile of your dreams awaits you at Dental Designs Clinic. So, visit our dentist today and let us realize your perfect smile and personality with our milled porcelain veneers.

Dental Porcelain Veneers at Dental Designs Clinic

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References

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Veneers and Crowns in Cosmetic Dentistry

When we talk about cosmetic dentistry, the first things which come to mind after teeth whitening are veneers and porcelain crowns. This is because these are one of the best options at cosmetically and functionally restoring damaged teeth. However, most people are not familiar with the differences between veneers and crowns. This article offers a comparison between these restorative options.

Before we proceed, it is best that we discuss the factors that influence the aesthetics of veneers and crowns when they are used for restoring the cosmetically essential front teeth.

What Constitutes a Good Smile?

woman with a good smile

Our front teeth are almost always visible whenever we speak or smile. That is why we take great care while restoring your front teeth so that they possess excellent aesthetics and make you look youthful, charming and beautiful.  Some of the factors which influence the aesthetics of the front teeth include:

Dental Veneers Versus Porcelain Crowns

Now, let’s look at the comparison between veneers and crowns:

What are Veneers and Crowns?

Dental Veneer and Crown Illustration

In short, porcelain crowns are like the veneers. However, the veneers only cover the front surface of the teeth while the crowns cover the entire visible portion of the crown.

Who can Benefit from Veneers and Crowns?

Cracked front tooth

Veneers and Crowns in Cosmetic Dentistry; What are the Pros and Cons?

Pros of Dental Veneers

Cons of Dental Veneers

Pros of Porcelain Crowns

Cons of Dental Crowns

Which Option is Best for Me?

When it comes to comparing dental veneers and porcelain crowns, each restorative option has its own merits and demerits. As discussed earlier, the veneers mainly serve a cosmetic role. On the other hand, crowns are used for improving aesthetics as well as function. Your dentist is the best person to determine which option is best for you.

Whatever the type of prosthesis our dentists use for restoring your teeth, rest assured that they will possess excellent aesthetics and clinical service life. So, if you’re planning to get your damaged teeth restored, book an appointment with our dentists and let us give you a naturally beautiful and attractive smile with dental veneers and porcelain crowns.

Dental Fillings - Why choose Ceramic Fillings over Regular Ones?

When we talk about restoring badly worn down or chipped teeth, the first thing that comes to mind is dental fillings. Most of us are aware of the tooth coloured composite fillings which are perhaps being most commonly used by dentists throughout the world for restoring damaged teeth. However, did you also know that there is another type of dental fillings available which are even stronger, naturally appearing and more durable than the conventional composite fillings? Yes, these are the indirect fillings, the inlays, and onlays.

What are Direct and Indirect Fillings?

direct dental fillings

However, before we discuss why inlays and Onlays are better than conventional filings, we must first understand the difference between the direct and indirect fillings.

Indirect restorations include inlays, onlays, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Among them, inlays and onlays can also be used as fillings, and the advantage is that they are stronger and last longer than direct fillings.

What are Inlays?

Inlays are indirect restorations that are used for the restoration of grossly damaged or fractured teeth that cannot be restored with direct filling materials, but at the same time, they are not extensive enough to require a crown. Inlays are used in cases where the damage has not progressed into the cusps, which are the protuberances that are present on the biting surfaces of teeth.

Although numerous types of materials can be used for preparing ceramic inlays, at Dental Designs Clinic, we use high-quality materials that have been approved by European and American standards. Instead of leaving it to an external laboratory, we prepare inlays in our clinic by using the state of the art CEREC system. As such, we ensure that you will not only get a naturally beautiful and attractive smile, but they will also be functional, restoring your ability to chew and speak properly.

How are Ceramic Fillings Prepared with the CEREC System?

CEREC System

Here’s how we will give a beautiful smile with ceramic and hybrid ceramic inlays with the CEREC system:

Why we use the CEREC system for Preparing Ceramic Inlays?

cerec milling dental designs singapore

You might now be wondering why we prefer digital inlays over conventional ones. So, here are a few reasons why CEREC inlays are better than direct fillings and conventional inlays.

While ceramic fillings are an excellent choice for restoring damaged teeth, but they can never be as strong and durable as your teeth. Therefore, the best filling is undoubtedly no filling at all! However, if you still need to get one of your teeth replaced, then ceramic inlays prepared with the CEREC system should be your first choice.

So, are you ready for enjoying a naturally pleasant and beautiful smile? Then book an appointment with our dentists today and let us take care of the rest.

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    N. Martin-N.M. Jedynakiewicz - (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0109564199000147)
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Deciding Between a Veneer or Dental Crown Singapore

A common question that surfaces in the mind of patients is: Should I choose a dental crown or a veneer? Here are the answers you've been looking to get.

Why do I need a dental crown or veneer?

For one, your teeth are damaged or decayed, exposing the dentine and pulp. Or they may be discoloured and worn out, with parts that have chipped off. For another, treatment is needed to protect these tiny but indispensable structures from wear and tear.

What is a restoration?

This is a procedure that brings a tooth back to its original state, or better. The dentist first prepares the work site by cutting away the damaged or decayed parts. Then he or she places material to cover over the exposed dentine and pulp. In smaller areas, this can be fixed with a filling. However, when the defect is larger, or for aesthetic reasons, either a veneer or a crown may be used.

What is a dental crown?

It acts as a protective layer that encircles the structure. It is like a cap on a tooth that has been reduced due to root canal treatments and large cavities. The crown restores both structure and strength that have been compromised by chips and cracks. Think of it as a bumper for your car - if there is a high force onto your bumper, it will break but the frame will still be protected.

Similarly, if there is any high force that is large enough to damage the tooth, the crown breaks instead, absorbing the impact. It is fitted onto your teeth, beside the neighbouring and opposing teeth. The difference between this and dental implants is that the latter serves to replace missing teeth.

What are dental veneers?

These are thin shells that are adhered to the tooth. Mostly done on the front surface for cosmetic reasons, they are effective when the dentine and pulp are not exposed. Veneers are custom made to suit the shape, size, and colour (shade) of your jaw. The cosmetic dentists at our clinic are interested in less reduction of your original tooth structure because the restoration is more successful.

The main advantage here is the improvement of your smile. Teeth actually have many shades and shapes. The job of a dentist is to skillfully design one that will suit the rest, making it virtually indistinguishable from the other structures. The material is carefully painted and stained by trained laboratory technicians to make it match your natural teeth colour.

Veneers come in two materials, ceramic (or dental porcelain veneers) and composite resin veneers. There also are traditional versus modern ones. If you want no grinding down included, your doctor might recommend prepless veneers.

How do you choose the right dentist?

Dentist Chair and Tools

Indications of a good professional include one that will explain to you what your condition is and what treatment options you have. This includes all the pros and cons of picking each procedure, as well as long-term considerations. When you are settling for a permanent, long-lasting treatment like these two are, you need to be assured that the specialist is capable of delivering an outcome that you will be satisfied with in the long run.

Your choice actually lies between digital versus traditional dentistry. An orthodontist will best be able to advise whether to restore your tooth using a crown or a veneer. However, being the patient, you have the autonomy to select an expert who has upgraded their skills to the new revolutionary methods. Talk about intra-oral scanners that are less intrusive and nicer versus traditional unpleasant impressions. Or those 3-4 hours spent to restore your tooth versus two appointments with a wait of up to two weeks.

The most dedicated professionals invest in technology such as the 3D intra-oral scanner to design your smile. Using the software in their clinic, they have total control over the entire process. By contrast, traditional dentists sub their work out to dental laboratories and the quality of the job depends on the technician's skill.

What are the main considerations of choosing between the two treatments?

Regardless of the procedure you opt for, you still need to maintain a good oral hygiene routine in order to sustain the results.

What is involved in a visit to the dentist for dental veneers?

To answer this question, the typical traditional dentist’s workflow must be explained. For dental crowns, they first prepare your tooth to create the space it takes to fit in. They then make a hold or impression of your prepared tooth and send it to the traditional laboratory to mould. Next up, they place or restore a temporary preparation on your tooth, and this marks the end of the first appointment.

Typically, you have to wait about two weeks until the laboratory has made your restoration. In the meantime, do keep in mind the following. First, the temporary fixture is rough, hence you should be careful to not dislodge it when brushing and flossing. Second, you ought to avoid chewing hard or sticky foods on that side so as not to break it. The tooth may also be more sensitive as it is not fully covered.

After two weeks, you will have to go back to the dentist and they will place the actual dental crown.

Alternatively, you can narrow down your appointments to one if the products are made by a CEREC trained specialist. Instead of placing a traditional temporary crown or veneer, they can design your tooth immediately after the preparation work is done.

CEREC revolutionises this conventional method. In general, the whole process of starting and completing the treatment can be done in around three hours. The first visit is the preparation which takes one hour. After that, you can go back to work or have coffee while you wait. The restoration will be CAD/CAM milled in our CEREC machine, individually stained, glazed and hand-finished. In an hour’s time, you return to the dental clinic and have the permanent material fitted in.

This means no more troublesome unreliable temporary restorations, and fewer appointments. The visit itself will be more pleasant with the 3D intra-oral scanning experience, compared to the normal dental impressions that leave you gagging in the dental chair.

I Want to Improve my Smile, Can I Do That with Veneers in Singapore?

improve smile

Veneers can change the shape and size of your smile to a more alluring appearance, with the added bonus of teeth whitening.

However, if you require orthodontic treatment, you will be advised to go for it ahead of time. This is because your teeth need to be straightened before anything else is done to them. If the crookedness is massive, excess material will be ground away and the structures will be reshaped. Not to mention, the orientation is essential as well. It is important how the occlusal surfaces of your dental arches for the top and bottom teeth impact enamel wear and tear.

So to sum it up, veneers are mainly used to restore a beautiful smile when sufficient tooth structure is available. They cannot be stained with coffee, tea, and wine. On the other end of the spectrum, dental crowns are used for more damaged structures because they provide wider coverage and protection, replacing missing teeth.

Our Commitment to Quality Dental Care

Dental Designs Clinic

At Dental Designs Clinic, we offer same day crowns since we are capable of milling the restoration with our CEREC machine. Therefore, you only have to come for a couple of hours in one day to complete your treatment, unlike most other clinics which require two appointments. This frees up your valuable time.

Getting the restorations made in-house means we have total control over the designing, finishing, and quality of the process, as opposed to traditional dental laboratories whose work depends on the technician's skills. We strive to improve your overall oral health so you can have a normal life for years to come before you need to make another trip to your dentist.

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