Cosmetic & Restorative DentistryInlays and Onlays by our expert Fargo Dentist
When more than half of a tooth is damaged, Dr. Harr may advise replacing the damaged structure with an inlay or onlay. Many times, these are conservative alternatives to crowns and fillings.
If the damage is minimal, inlays are appropriate. When the damage is more extensive (but not enough to warrant replacement with a crown) onlays may be best.
Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain, gold or composite resins that are bonded directly to the teeth. These materials are much stronger than traditional blended-metal fillings and can help prevent further decay or damage.
First, your Dr. Harr will remove the damaged areas (or old fillings). If you are a candidate for Cerec restoration, an optical 3D image of the tooth surface is taken and the inlay constructed using the Cerec system in our office.
In other cases, the information will be sent to a dental lab for construction.
After the inlay is completed, Dr. Harr will check for proper fit and bond the well-fitted onlay or inlay to your tooth with a strong resin.