What are Inlays and Onlays?
When decay is larger, our dentists may recommend an inlay or onlay. Both inlays and onlays are fabricated outside of the mouth, and then bonded to the tooth. They are made of durable, tooth colored porcelain material. An inlay is used when the decay is mostly in the center of the tooth and the outer portion of tooth is healthy. Onlays are used when decay is more extensive and involves the outer portion of the tooth surface. Both inlays and onlays offer an excellent long term prognosis.
What Can Patients Expect?
While inlays and onlays in other practices are often a two-visit procedure, we use CEREC, an innovative Computer Assisted Design and Manufacturing technology. CEREC enables us to create the restorations in his office in just one visit. With the CEREC system patients coming for an inlay or onlay will have their tooth prepared such that all decay removed. We will then take a 3D scan of the tooth. This 3D scan is more comfortable for patients and more precise than a traditional alginate impression. Once your tooth is captured, We will use special software to digitally design the restoration, and mill it from a porcelain block.
The restoration will be tried into the mouth before final cementation. Once the restoration is cemented, we will check to your bite to make sure that it is comfortable and natural. The entire procedure will take approximately one hour.