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Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Available at SoCal Smiles!

These are white tooth colored Porcelain pieces that insert into the tooth restoring
your tooth to its natural form and function.
Porcelain Inserts are done in One Visit with No Temporaries.

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Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

These are white tooth colored porcelain inserts. These amazing porcelain inserts are preferred over crowns as they save more healthy natural tooth structure and involve less treatment time. At SoCal Smiles we utilize the most advanced digital technology called CEREC 3 to diamond mill inlays, onlays or crowns in 8 minutes(while you wait), so the entire procedure usually takes about an hour and you leave with your permanent restoration that same visit, WITH NO TEMPORARIES!! This means that there are NO IMPRESSIONS, NO TEMPORARIES, AND NO GETTING NUMB FOR A SECOND VISIT! The visual below gives a detailed summary of how the whole process works.

Patient desired to have mercury filled silver fillings replaced on the back four teeth due to decay, cracking, and leakage(decay in between, tooth and filling).


Prepared teeth are digitally scanned and designed on the computer using our state of the art computerized software called CEREC 3.

  A porcelain block is placed in the diamond milling unit to be reshaped until it matches what your dentist designed on the computer.
  An onsite diamond milling unit reshapes the porcelain block to give you the finished porcelain crown.
  Final restored teeth are ready to "perform and look like natural teeth."

Metal-free dentistry

Health conscious people are increasingly becoming concerned with metal in their mouth (particularly mercury). A CEREC tooth restoration isn't just convenient, it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, it is possible to use strong, tooth colored porcelain materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure. This means when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. So, your tooth does not crack, and you can go on enjoying your evening. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so we can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth. The CEREC enamel like material is biocompatible with the tissues in the mouth and provides a high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant finish.


The patient desired to have the cracked and decayed teeth repaired, and remaining mercury fillings replaced to prevent the risk of further damage to the existing teeth.


In one visit while using the CEREC 3 computerized dentistry software, the mercury fillings were replaced and broken teeth restored with enamel-like porcelain inserts.