Inlays and Onlays (Done with the CEREC Machine)

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to restore teeth in which more than half of the surface has been damaged. These teeth require a more complicated reconstruction than a simple filling. Inlays restore the surface of the teeth between the cusps, whereas onlays also incorporate at least one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays may be used to repair an area of a tooth that has been severely decayed, or they may be used in cases where a tooth has become broken or cracked.

In the past, the complex process of getting an inlay or onlay required multiple dental visits and a long waiting period while a dental lab prepared the restoration. But with today’s sophisticated technology, inlays and onlays can be produced in a single visit – minimizing the amount of time patients spend in the dental chair.

CEREC Inlays and Onlays

CEREC is a revolutionary in-office technology that has radically improved the way patients get restorations. The process begins like any other restoration procedure, with the tooth surface being prepared for an inlay or onlay. But instead of taking an impression, we take an intraoral picture that our CEREC machine uses to formulate a digital model. The model is tweaked and modified to accommodate tooth color, shape and size before the CEREC machine begins milling the restoration out of ceramic. Finally, the new inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth and polished smooth.

CEREC inlays and onlays are just as long-lasting and effective as traditional lab-prepared restorations. Because they are made of tooth-colored ceramic, they are virtually undetectable and blend in with the natural tooth. When well cared for, CEREC ceramic inlays and onlays can actually improve a tooth’s strength, staying in place for up to 20 years or more.

For more information about single visit CEREC inlays and onlays, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about ceramic restorations and let you know if CEREC inlays and onlays could be right for you.

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