Inlay & Onlay
When decay affects the chewing surface of a molar, a filling may be insufficient to restore the tooth. If the damage is not extensive enough to warrant a crown, an inlay or onlay may be the best solution.
Why do I need an inlay or an onlay?
Relieve Discomfort and Restore Health: Decay can make teeth extra sensitive and eventually lead to tooth loss. An inlay or onlay can repair the tooth, alleviating sensitivity and preventing further decay.
More Conservative than Crowns: Crowns require your dentist to remove a significant portion of the tooth to accommodate the restoration. As an intermediate step between fillings and crowns, an inlay or onlay requires only a small amount of enamel removal.
Beautiful, Natural-Looking Results: Inlays and onlays are typically made of medical-grade porcelain, which can be shade-matched to blend seamlessly into your smile. Porcelain mimics the sheen of natural enamel and can strengthen a molar by up to 75 percent.
What is involved in an inlay or an onlay?
Administer a local anesthetic to numb the area for a more comfortable experience
Remove compromised tissue to eliminate all damaged areas and bacteria
Thoroughly clean and dry the tooth to ensure that no bacteria are trapped underneath the restoration
Take impressions or a scan of the tooth, which will serve as the basis of the customized restoration
Inlays and onlays can be expertly fabricated in a laboratory or milled using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology to blend with your smile for beautiful, natural-looking results. With CAD/CAM technology, such as CEREC®, your dentist can design and craft a custom inlay or onlay in a single visit. This system combines advanced computer software, a 3-D scanner, and an in-office milling unit. This means less time spent in the dentist’s chair, as well as a faster, more convenient solution. Inlays and onlays require no additional downtime, so you can leave the office with fully restored dental function.
Check the fit of the restoration to ensure your bite is balanced and comfortable
Bond the inlay or onlay to your tooth, restoring function and aesthetics
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