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Porcelain Inlays/Onlays

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays in Old Bridge NJ


Porcelain inlays/onlays refer to indirect fillings made of porcelain that fits into or onto the affected tooth. The purpose of the inlays/onlays is to make the tooth stronger by holding it together, while retaining a naturally aesthetic-pleasing color.


Inlays fit into the space remaining after the decay of an old filling or cavity, which has been removed. While onlays sit on the tooth and builds up its shape (also known as a partial crown).



Reasons for inlay restorations:


  • Broken or fractured teeth.
  • Cosmetic enhancement.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Fractured fillings.
  • Large fillings.


Inlays/Onlays are used on patients whom may have a deficient tooth structure to support a filling, but the tooth is still in a condition that does not require a crown. The advantages of these indirect fillings are that they:


  • Are more durable than fillings, lasting between 10-30 years and much longer than conventional fillings.
    • Whereas, traditional fillings have been known to reduce the strength of a tooth by as much as 50%.
  • Can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75%.
  • Do not expand or contract in response to temperature changes caused by hot or cold food/beverages. (Change in size can damage teeth.)
  • Can be made from a variety of materials, including tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin – making them virtually invisible.
    • Can replace silver fillings to create a healthier, more beautiful and natural-looking smile.
  • Can prevent the need for more extensive treatment at a later time, since it requires less tooth reduction, and allows the dentist to conserve more of a patient’s original tooth structure.


What does getting an inlay involve?


An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. The first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (also known as molds) that will be used to create a custom inlay and a temporary restoration.


While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be then be applied to protect the tooth while the inlay is made by a dental laboratory.


At the second appointment, the new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.