Inlays and onlays are the types of restorations used when a tooth is too damaged to be supported by a regular filling but not so much that a dental crown is needed. Made from tooth-coloured reinforced glass or resin, these restorations are made to fit the specific size and shape of a dental cavity and then cemented in place.
Inlay – Fills the area between the cusps of a tooth (the grooves of your teeth)
Onlay – Covers the cusp of a tooth (the high points of a tooth)
During preparation, your dentist will first numb the affected area and then drill your tooth to clean out the cavity or damage, removing any decay. Next, an impression of the affected area is taken and send to the laboratory so that your inlay or onlay is custom-made, it may take about a week’s time. If you are getting an onlay, your dentist will cover the area with a temporary filling or onlay until your permanent restoration is ready.
In the follow-up appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary filling or onlay and clean the area again to prepare for the permanent restoration. They will then fit the inlay or onlay, ensuring it is the right size, look and feel for you before bonding it to your tooth with dental cement. Finally, it is expertly polished to be smooth as your natural teeth.
This treatment traditionally takes more than one visit to the dentist as it requires consultation, measurements and impressions to be made in order to prepare for the restoration.
If your dentist recommends CEREC inlays and onlays, your procedure only requires a single visit and skips the need for a temporary filling. This is possible due to advanced dental technology which uses software to create a digital impression of your affected tooth which is then sent to an in-office milling machine that creates your custom inlay/onlay in minutes. Your dentist will then fit, adjust and polish your tooth all in the same visit!
772A Pacific Hwy, Gordon NSW 2072
02 9739 9666
Emergency Appointments: 9 am - 5 pm, Mon - Sat
(Subject to change during public holidays)
Atria Dental is conveniently located on Pacific Highway in Gordon. The clinic is less than 200m from Gordon train station and 10m from the nearest bus stop. The clinic is fully pram/wheelchair accessible and has no stairs from door to surgery.
The clinic is a mere 11 minute drive from Macquarie Centre and a 5 minute drive from the Gordon Golf Club near Killara.
If you wish to drive to the clinic, 2 hour parking can be found in a car park on Moree Street behind the practice, alternatively there is another private carpark across the road. If you require a more than 2 hours, street parking is available further down Moree Street.
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