We can repair smaller cavities and damaged areas in teeth with composite resin fillings, but if you have a larger cavity or more significant damage to a back tooth, we may suggest an inlay or onlay. An inlay restores the central chewing area of a back tooth while an onlay is slightly larger and can restore one or more of your tooth cusps. These restorations are made from hard-wearing and highly aesthetic porcelain, giving strength and structure to a damaged tooth.
How Will an Inlay or Onlay Be Made?
To make these restorations, we use CEREC CAD/CAM technology, creating your custom-made restoration while you wait. After your tooth is prepared, it is scanned with a special camera that will create 3-D images of the tooth. Our dentist uses these images to computer-design your restoration and the design is sent to our on-site milling machine. This is a sophisticated piece of technology that will mill your restoration from a solid block of pre-shaded porcelain. It doesn’t take very long and once the restoration has been hand-finished, it is fitted and bonded onto your tooth. CEREC restorations are extremely high-quality and are precision-fitted, providing maximum protection for your tooth.