Services - Inlays/Onlays/Overlays

Ceramic inlays and onlays can be done with much stronger press materials these days. There are many different press material options for different situations. [Any ceramic can be pressed as long as it has been compressed into an ingot.] The best is to discuss this with a trained technician to decide what material would work best in each situation. By providing a photograph depicting the amount of chroma or discoloration the technicial can easily determine the best material choice.

IPS e-max is our preferred material, chosen mainly for the high compressive strength, high flexural strength (400 MPa) and Vickers hardness of 5800 MPa. The versatility provided by its different capacities also makes it possible to address a variety of situations like translucency /opacity, Hue Value and Chroma. Zirconium is even stronger than e-max and can be used for overlays. Zirconium has a flexural strength 1200 MPa (Prettua zirconium).


  • Highly aesthetic
  • No metal shows
  • Strong once bonded to tooth
  • Well-sealed tooth
  • Will not stain
  • Will insulate the tooth
  • Well suited for large cavities
  • Long lasting


  • More costly than amalgam or composite
  • Can fracture
  • Takes two appointments
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