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A diagram of an Onlay. Dr. Myers, Austin Dentist uses Cerec for Dental Onlays The CEREC software takes a digital picture of the prepared tooth and converts it into a 3D virtual model on the computer screen. The dentist then uses his/her expertise to design the onlay using the CEREC 3D computer program. The restoration design data is sent to our on-site milling unit. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. A few minutes later, a ceramic onlay that looks like a puzzle piece is removed from the unit. The dentist tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The onlay is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is now restored with no return trip necessary. Full chewing ability will be restored 2-4 hours after the procedure and numbness has worn off.

Why an onlay and not just a filling?

The onlay material which is made of porcelain is much stronger than the composite material used for fillings. The determining factor usually depends on how much tooth is left after the decay has been removed. For smaller amounts of decay, enough healthy tooth structure is usually left so that a composite filling is all that is needed. However, for larger amounts of decay that must be removed, the tooth structure can be weakened and would therefore benefit from an onlay. The strong porcelain onlay will strengthen the tooth and prevent possible problems like cracks or fractures forming in the restored tooth.

B.J. Myers, D.D.S & Associates

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8430 Spicewood Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78759
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