Porcelain/CAD-CAM Inlays and Onlays are tooth coloured restorations that are sued to replace failing metal fillings, or for large cavities where ordinary fillings have a tendency to dislodge or break.
They can be stronger than normal fillings like metal fillings and comopsite resins, but yet, we do not need to prepare the teeth lilke a crown.
These inlay and onlay restorations are bonded to the teeth. Thereby, strengthening the remaining tooth structure.
Restore large cavities, especially with those with a missing cusp, effectively.
Tooth-coloured, therefore more aesthetic than metal fillings.
No need to trim entire tooth, like a crown. Making the treatment more conservative.
Consultation and assessment
The dentist will assess the suitability of the tooth for the treatment and make the necessary recommendations.
Tooth Prep and Impression
The fillings to be replaced will be removed and the tooth prepared. A mould will also be taken of the tooth and sent to the lab.
Processing of the inlay/onlay in the lab
Fit check and cementation
The inlay/onlay will first be fit checked and then cemented.
Patients with a habit of bruxism(clenching or grinding) of teeth, a splint or nightguard may be needed after the treatment to protect the new restorations.
Full Porcelain or Zirconia inlays or onlays start from $1000. Some may cost more due to the size of the restoration.
It is advisable to have a discussion during the consultation stage as every patient is slightly different and may require a different process for treatment.
How long can they last?
Is has been shown to have a 85% success rate over 10 years.
How much does the whole procedure cost?
Each patient may have differing dental requirements and may involve certain other procedures prior to placement of the inlay/onlay. Occasionally, it is not possible to do an inlay/onlay without other treatment being performed first. This will be detailed during the consultation appointment.