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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are both porcelain fillings. The difference between them is their size. A molar resembles a valley surrounded by small hills known as cusps. Inlays are used to fill the valleys. Onlays extend over the cusps to one or more outside surface. We offer them in place of the old metal amalgam fillings, as they are healthier for the tooth and look much nicer.

If you have a broken tooth, an onlay is an excellent way to repair it, replacing the missing portion with glossy white porcelain matched to the tooth's color.

Our CEREC system
Inlays and onlays are done in the same manner. We have a CEREC system, which is a chairside, computerized porcelain mill. We therefore don't have to ask you to come in for a second visit, as we can complete everything in one visit. Instead of sending your tooth information to a dental lab and waiting a few weeks while they create your porcelain filling, we create here.

  • Your dentist prepares the tooth by removing any decay or rough edges.
  • A digital photo is taken of your tooth and input to the CEREC system.
  • Your dentist uses the software which is part of the system to turn the photograph into specifications for the manufacture of your inlay or onlay. There is a monitor by your chair, so you can see what the dentist sees and he can discuss it with you.
  • He chooses the right shade of porcelain to match your teeth
  • There is a short wait while the mill section of the CEREC system makes your restoration to the exact specifications
  • The finished restoration is temporarily placed and tested for comfort
  • When you and your dentist are both satisfied with it, it is permanently bonded into position.

It is now part of your tooth and will never come loose. It will hold the tooth together, protect it from further decay, and lengthen its life. Besides that, it cannot be detected as a restoration. It will need the same daily care as your natural teeth.

Please contact us at the Colonial Dental Group today to see how an inlay, onlay, or other cosmetic dental procedure can help improve your smile.

posted by Patti at 8:19 AM


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