What Can I Expect During My Inlay or Onlay Procedure?
An inlay or onlay procedure is more like a crown preparation appointment than a filling appointment, which is typically shorter because there aren’t as many steps involved. The time you’re in the chair is definitely worth it, though!
Your Whittier dentist will start by numbing the tooth. Then, they’ll remove any decay, or an existing filling and decay if the decay is recurrent. Once the decay is removed, they’ll prepare the tooth for the restoration, ensuring clean lines at the margins of the preparation for a snug fit.
The next step is to take a 3D image of the preparation. We do this with an intraoral camera. Our CAD/CAM machine will then create a model of your tooth, as well as a custom porcelain preparation to fill it or fit over it. Finally, when the inlay or onlay is complete, we’ll disinfect your tooth, prime it, place a bonding agent, as well as the cement/adhesive, and light cure the adhesive so that it hardens.