Dental Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are a type of indirect restoration. This means that the restoration is manufactured outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. Dr. Alexander uses state-of-the-art CEREC technology to create porcelain fillings in a single visit.
First, Dr. Alexander takes a digital impression of the tooth. Then, using CEREC’s Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) software, he creates a custom fit porcelain restoration that will cover the tooth. While the patient waits, the inlay or onlay is created and then bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive.
A dental inlay typically fits inside the contours of the tooth, where as a dental onlay covers the entire biting surface. This type of restoration is usually used when there is more significant damage to the tooth.