When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain or composite resin. These restorations are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay, but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can match the natural color of your teeth. These restorations can be delivered on the same day because our CEREC unit allows us to make the restoration here at the office.
How are inlays and onlays applied?
We can now deliver these restorations in one visit! With the use of our CEREC unit we are able to prepare your tooth, scan it with our digital scanner and design and make the restoration while you wait. After the CEREC is finished milling the restoration, we fit it and bond it to your tooth the same day!