An inlay/onlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, tooth-colored porcelain or Ceramic from a Cerac Milling Computer. Ceramic and Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and the Cerac Ceramic Inlay is made in the dental office by a certified and trained dentist on a Cerac Computer milling unit. These inlays or onlays are permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.
Inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
As with most dental restorations, inlays/onlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
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What does getting an inlay/onlay involve?
An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration, or accomplished in a single visit if a CERAC machine is used by the dentist.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is made by a dental laboratory or milled immediately and cemented using the CERAC Technology.
At your second appointment your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay.