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:
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:
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.