Porcelain Inlays / Onlays

In addition to composite fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays are another common way to restore decayed or damaged teeth. These dental restorations are particularly well-suited for strengthening weakened back teeth and teeth under heavy chewing loads. In addition, they can help to fortify and strengthen teeth that have been previously restored.

Porcelain inlays and onlays are recommended when 50% or more of a tooth’s chewing surface is damaged. These dental restorations can be made from porcelain, gold, or composite resin; however, porcelain has proven to be popular due to their natural looking appearance. The porcelain material is stronger than composite restorations while also being matched to the unique shade of your teeth.

So what are the differences between an inlay and onlay? An inlays is applied inside the cusps of the tooth and quite similar to a filling. An onlay extends out over one or more of a tooth’s cusps so is a larger reconstruction. Compared to a crown, an inlay and onlay only restore a partial section of tooth’s biting surface.

To place an inlay or onlay it usually takes two appointments. During your first visit, the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is removed and the tooth is prepared for the dental restoration. A tooth impression is taken and sent to a dental lab to create your custom-made inlay or onlay. While your restoration is being made, a temporary sealant is applied over your tooth to protect it. Once your restoration is ready, you will return to our office and the temporary sealant is taken off. The permanent inlay/onlay is applied to the tooth with a strong resin and Dr. Walia will ensure that the restoration is a perfect fit. Your tooth is then polished to give it a shiny attractive appearance. With proper care, your inlay or onlay can last over a decade or longer.

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