Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns. They use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This is done to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay is done when there is no damage to the cusps of the tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. An inlay is used when the damage is a little more extensive.
When we have decided to go ahead with an inlay or onlay, we will set aside 2-3 hours for the entire process. Using our digital imaging E4D machine and mill, we will have your beautiful new onlay bonded in place and ready in a single visit.
The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will take a digital scan of the tooth and bite registration. This scan will be used to design the inlay/onlay, which will be sent to our milling machine where your new restoration will be crafted. This process takes approximately an hour and a half.
We will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. The inlay/onlay will be fitted comfortably into the mouth to check the fit and esthetics. The restoration is then glazed and customized to match your natural surrounding teeth.This part of the process takes approximately an hour. We will make every effort to ensure that the new restoration feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to bond the inlay/onlay to the remaining tooth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.