Inlays and Onlays:
A Natural-looking Restoration
Inlays and onlays are customized dental restorations used to strengthen a damaged tooth. They are ideal for treating mildly or moderately decayed posterior teeth that do not require a crown. Inlays and onlays can also be used to replace metal fillings to achieve a more natural appearance. Dr. Robert Rothenberg uses cutting-edge technology to create and place inlays and onlays at his Manchester, MO-area practice. If you are interested in learning more about how inlays and onlays can restore your smile, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Whats Are Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay is a custom restoration that fits between the two cusps of a tooth while an onlay extends onto one or more of the cusps. They are made of porcelain, which is durable and creates a natural aesthetic. Inlays and onlays are custom-fitted to the contours of the affected tooth and then securely bonded. This technique strengthens the tooth.
How Are Inlays and Onlays Made?
Dr. Rothenberg uses advanced CEREC® technology to create inlays and onlays in his office. Using this on-site milling system, Dr. Rothenberg is able to both fit and place an inlay or onlay in the same visit. The CEREC® system takes a 3-D digital impression of the tooth and then a computerized milling machine carves the restoration out of a ceramic block in the same shade as your tooth.Inlays and Onlays are solid restorations precisely crafted prior to placement. After the restoration is produced, Dr. Rothenberg carefully places the inlay or onlay, and bonds the new restoration to the tooth. He then refines the restoration by making any slight changes necessary to balance your bite.
Am I A Candidate For Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are a good option for patients who have mild to moderate decay or damage to posterior teeth. More severely decayed or damaged teeth may require extensive treatment. Dr. Rothenberg will conduct an extensive examination to help you determine which course of action is best for you.
How Can I Learn More?
Whether you are suffering from symptoms of dental decay or have experienced dental trauma, contact us so that we can guide you through the restoration process. During your consultation, Dr. Rothenberg will thoroughly explain the benefits of inlays and onlays and how they may be used to restore your smile.