When a tooth is decayed or has a cavity, restorative treatment will be necessary. The tooth is drilled to remove the decay from further impairing the teeth, and medication may be applied to the tooth if the decay is severe. The tooth is later restored with namely two types of basic restoration methods. For a small cavity, a dental filling will be able to repair the decayed area. We use Composite Resin (CR), a tooth-coloured dental filling material, which is non-toxic to the body.
For larger cavity area or cavity that encompasses the edge of the tooth, inlay/ onlay is recommended.After removing the decay, the tooth cavity is prepared for restoration. The inlay/ onlay is fabricated to the exact shape and size of prepared cavity and cemented in place. The inlay/ onlay may be made of porcelain, gold or composite resin (plastic filling). Often a porcelain material that matches the colour of your tooth will be used. The inlay/ onlay material is traditionally fabricated by a dental technician in a laboratory. Alpha Dental uses CEREC
, a 3D CAD/CAM technology, to design, fabricate and issue your inlay/ onlay in one single appointment visit, providing with quality and time-efficient service.
An inlay is similar to a tooth filling and is inside the cusp tips of the tooth
An onlay is an extended reconstruction that covers a bigger area of the tooth
Before Inlay Restorative Treatment
After Inlay Restorative Treatment