Ceramic

Ceramic OnlayCeramic Inlay

These restorations are used in place of conventional fillings. The main difference between an inlay and a conventional filling is that a filling is made directly in the mouth while an inlay is made in the dental laboratory and then fitted and cemented into a cavity prepared in the tooth. Inlays may be made of ceramic or gold.

Ceramic inlays are often used to replace metal (amalgam) fillings in back teeth. Unlike conventional white fillings, ceramic inlays offer long-lasting service while maintaining excellent aesthetics. Gold inlays are mainly reserved for restoration of back teeth, where they offer the best longevity with minimal tooth preparation compared to crowns.

Manufacture of inlays essentially involves the same steps as manufacturing a conventional crown. The cavity is prepared in the tooth and an impression (a mould) is taken. A temporary inlay is then secured in the cavity. The impression is sent to the dental laboratory where an inlay is manufactured. On your second visit to our office the inlay is cemented into the cavity.

Provision of inlays is generally more demanding than making conventional crowns and requires excellent skills of the operator and the dental technician.