Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged, a dentist will often use an inlay or onlay.
An inlay is similar to a filling that is placed on the chewing surface to replace a void left by previous decay or fracture. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction that extends onto outer portions of the tooth. It is a more conservative option compared to a crown that covers the entire tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and white color, which can closely match the natural appearance of your teeth.
They are ideal for replacing previous unsightly dental work or for restoring a tooth from a large decay or fracture. Because the material is bonded to the tooth, it adds strength and increased functionality. And because it is essentially a glass product, it has the most polished and natural appearance of all the restorative materials.
The porcelain is custom-made in a laboratory, which requires two appointments, but the patient will have a temporary restoration in the interim. The final restoration lasts a very long time.