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Cerec Restorations

Cerec Inlays & Onlays

When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged a dentist will often use inlays/onlays.

What are Cerec inlays/onlays?

Cerec Inlays/onlays are made of porcelain. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay (which is similar to a filling) is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction (similar to the inlay), but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays/onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.

Porcelain Inlays/onlays can be completed in a single visit using our state of the art Cerec technology
CEREC® – One-visit porcelain crowns, inlays & onlays

What is CEREC 3D?

CEREC 3D is a high-tech instrument that helps dentists restore damaged teeth in one appointment. It uses CAD/CAM technology (Computer assisted design/ computer assisted manufacture) to accomplish its purpose.
CEREC 3D stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. 3D adds an exciting new dimension to the way it works.

How does CEREC 3D work?

After the dentist prepares the tooth, he uses a special camera, he takes a digital picture of the tooth. No need to take a messy impression and send it to the lab. The dentist then designs the restoration on the computer screen. In the virtual world of of CEREC 3D, the dentist views, manipulates and verifies all aspects of restoration design for accuracy and assurance of an ideal fit. An industrially prepared block of porcelain in the correct shade to match your tooth is then placed in the milling chamber. Minutes later, milling is complete and the restoration is ready to bond to place.


Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50%. As an alternative, inlays/onlays that are bonded directly onto the tooth can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75%. As a result, they can last from 10 to 30 years. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.

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