Where there is minor damage to tooth enamel, inlays and onlays are often recommended as an alternative to fillings or a crown because they preserve a great deal of the natural tooth.
When the biting surface of a back tooth needs fixing, the best choice is often a porcelain inlay or onlay.
You dentist may recommend an inlay or an onlay depending on how much tooth structure has been lost.
An inlay fits within the grooves of a tooth’s biting surface, like a filling. While an onlay also covers one or more cusps of the tooth to protect the remaining tooth structure.
Both inlays and onlays are traditionally precision-crafted in a dental laboratory.
CEREC Inlays and Onlays - Single Visit Dentistry
Using the CEREC system, Dental Care Professionals can create porcelain inlays or onlays. Instead of using traditional amalgam (metal) fillings, a porcelain dental inlay or onlay can be created in a colour to match your teeth.
CEREC ceramic (porcelain) inlays/onlays are custom designed and milled using revolutionary CAD/CAM technology to create a life-like, tooth-coloured restoration of superior strength to replace missing tooth structure and protect remaining tooth structure.
A CEREC inlay/onlay restoration is a superior restoration, compared with traditional fillings, because the porcelain material they are made of not only is more cosmetic but longer lasting.
Using CEREC, most porcelain inlays/onlays can be completed by your dentist in one treatment visit, eliminating the need for impressions, temporaries, and a return appointment to deliver a lab-fabricated restoration.
Advantages of Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
- Porcelain looks and feels natural in the mouth.
- Many patient’s comment that they’re less sensitivity after treatment.
- Less natural tooth needs to be removed during preparation for this type of treatment, so often saves more of your tooth.
- Biocomptable; meaning that your body is less likely to reject or react to the presence of porcelain.
- Porcelain has been found to be stronger than traditional fillings and last longer than many other materials.
- No dental impressions are needed.
- When treated in one appointment only; can save you time out from work!
Inlays or onlays are an alternative restorative procedure for back teeth with minor to moderate decay when oral health is good.
An inlay is placed within the cusps of the chewing surface of your back teeth. Where as an onlay is used to restore a larger surface area and may cover one or more tooth cusps.
Inlays and onlays are a durable long-term solution and often considered a more conservative option than a full crown, which is utilised when only minimal tooth structure remains.
The longevity of your new inlay or onlay will depend greatly on your home care routine and regular appointments with your dentist for check-ups and cleaning. When cared for correctly, new restorations with inlays or onlays can last for many years.