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CEREC crowns are caps shaped to fit your tooth that are placed over the tooth to restore it or adjust its shape and size. An inlay or onlay covers only a section of the tooth but both options can be used to improve the strength of a tooth. If a tooth has been weakened because of a filling or from a crack or break in the tooth, it can be strengthened using a CEREC crown. The crown is placed on top of the tooth and the process can be completed in only one visit. In fact it takes just 30 minutes after the initial measurement and consultation to be completed.
CEREC crowns have the same look and feel as real teeth do because they are made of an enamel like material with an appearance that matches the same look as your teeth. One of the advantages to wearing CEREC crowns is that they are metal free.
We place long lasting CEREC Crowns
Our dentist may recommend CEREC crowns for a variety of different reasons. Typically, it is dependant on each person’s unique situation. Crowns can be constructed using a variety of different materials including metal, resin, ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, or porcelain by itself. At Dazzling Smile Dental Group, we only use CEREC crowns for our patients in Bayside, NY, Queens, NY, and the nearby areas.
The length of time you have to wait for crowns is dependent on the material your crowns are comprised of. Our CEREC crowns guarantee superior results and no temporary crowns or repeat appointments are needed.
What is the Difference Between an Inlay & Onlay?
Inlays and onlays are a dental procedure that is used to restore a decayed, broken, or damaged tooth to its original condition and can actually strengthen it. Inlays and onlays are a more conservative approach to restore a tooth than a dental crown. If the entire tooth needs to be restored and protected, a crown is fabricated. However, if 25% to 75% of the tooth needs to be restored an onlay or inlay can be placed. For this reason, inlays and onlays are considered a minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment for many dentists and patients. A crown, although is a treatment of choice in many cases, it involves removal of more tooth structure than is needed for an inlay or onlay restoration. Thus, usually a crown restoration can increase the risk of need for a root canal treatment.
Dental Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are usually fabricated in a dental lab and the patient returns for placements of inlay or onlay on the tooth. However, our doctors at Dazzling Smile Dental Group can design, fabricate, and place the inlay or onlay in one single visit and on the same day using CEREC CAD/CAM technology.
In our office, inlays, onlays, and crowns are made and bonded to the damaged or decayed tooth in one visit thanks to CEREC technologies. The difference of use between inlays, onlays, or crowns depends on the amount of tooth structure that has been lost to wear, decay, or trauma. Our dentists will help you decide which is most appropriate for you.
An inlay fits within the grooves that are within the cusps of your teeth. An onlay, the larger of the two, fits within the grooves but wraps up and over the cusps covering more of the tooth's surface. An onlay is used when the damage is more extensive and the restoration covers the entire chewing surface including one or more tooth cusps.
Inlay and Onlay procedure
The procedure to place an inlay or onlay is basically the same and both require only one visit at Dazzling Smile Dental Group, since our doctors use a CEREC milling unit (See CAD/CAM Dentistry). The visit involves the preparation of the tooth which includes the removal of the decayed or damaged portion. Because the procedure is conservative, the dentist will only remove as little tooth structure as possible to restore your tooth to the original shape and function. The area is numbed by a local anesthetic before being removed by a drill, dental laser or air-abrasion device.
After the decay and damage has been removed, our dentists will take an optical impression of the tooth that they have just prepared. This type of single visit restorations is made by our CAD/CAM machine (the CEREC) that enables our doctors to make porcelain crowns and inlays/onlays quickly and bond them in a single appointment. Inlays and onlays can also be made from gold or resin materials which each have their own advantages. Gold has often been considered the strongest option, although is not the most esthetic. You can discuss with our dentists what they think is the best option for you.
The permanent restoration involves the cleaning of the tooth to prepare for the new inlay or onlay. The inlay or onlay will be placed to ensure a correct fit before it is bonded to the tooth. If the fit doesn't interfere with the patient's bite, it is permanently attached to the tooth using special cement or bonding then polished for appearance.
How much do Inlays & Onlays Cost?
Most dental insurance plans will cover some to all of the costs associated with the inlay and onlay procedure because these treatments are considered restorative. The prices are based on national averages.