Inlays / Onlays
Inlays or Onlays are indirect fillings made of porcelain that fit into or onto a tooth. Its purpose is to make the tooth stronger by reinforcing it, together while retaining a natural, aesthetically pleasing colour. They are used in instances when there is deficient tooth structure to support a filling but the tooth is still in a condition that does not require a crown.
The new emax porcelain is 2-3 times stronger than traditional porcelain inlay/onlays. Lava Ultimate CAD/CAM is another material that has recently introduced to the dental market. Using our iTero scanner we scan your tooth after preparation, the 3D model is sent to the lab and the inlay is fabricated and sent to us to cement in your tooth.
The Treatment Process
Fillings are similar to regular fillings with the exception being that they are permanently cemented by one’s dentist and are made in a dental lab as opposed to being moulded to shape in one’s mouth.
Receiving a porcelain inlay or onlay requires 2 visits to a dentist. In the first visit, the decay of an old filling or cavity is removed and an impression is taken. This impression is used by a dental laboratory to create the indirect filling and records the shape of the damaged tooth and the surrounding teeth. While the Inlay is being made, the patient is given a temporary filling to protect the damaged tooth. During the second visit, this temporary filling is removed and the indirect filling is fitted. If the fit is acceptable, it is then permanently cemented into place.
Treatment requires 2 appointments.