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.
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.