Porcelain inlays and porcelain onlays are dental restorations or indirect fillings created to restructure a tooth’s anatomy and function so it looks and feels like a whole, natural tooth. Similar to a metal filling, this more aesthetically appealing option can strengthen teeth and replace old or damaged fillings. Designed to last for decades when properly fit, porcelain inlays or porcelain onlays may be just what the dentist orders to help restore your tooth and a confident, natural smile.
There are a number of noteworthy advantages to porcelain inlays or onlays. The porcelain material used for inlays/onlays is extremely durable. These restorations are like pieces of a puzzle, made to complete your tooth. Inlays and onlays are natural looking; they help your bite while adding strength and protection to your natural tooth. Due to the complex design and customized fit of inlays/onlays there is less bacterial leakage compared to regular fillings. Contoured perfectly to your affected tooth, an inlay or onlay makes for a healthy gum line, durable biting surface, causing less wear and tear on your bite!
Invasive dental procedures like dental crowns, bridges or implants can be avoided if your dentist can save your tooth with a porcelain inlay or onlay. You can restore the health, appearance, function and durability of your tooth with a porcelain inlay or porcelain onlay. Inlays are placed on the indented top surfaces of decayed or damaged teeth. Inlays are only slightly different than onlays as onlays are placed on the cusps of the tooth. Both restorations require two visits to the dentist to complete the procedure. These “indirect restorations” are made in a dental laboratory using impressions made from your dentist. Finding an experienced cosmetic dentist with a background in porcelain inlays and onlays is important when considering this form of dentistry to solve your dental dilemmas.