Porcelain Inlay & Onlay
Porcelain inlays and onlays are a restoration technique to restore damaged teeth while still being esthetically attractive to the eye. Inlays and onlays are fillings that are custom-made for the patient. They are composed of gold, tooth-colored porcelain or a composite material. A dental laboratory will make the filling to the dentist's specifications. When the restoration has been prepared, the dentist will then cement it onto the tooth.
Both inlay/onlay techniques are a way to repair damaged teeth or teeth that have defective, large fillings. An inlay fits inside the tooth, just like any filling. But it is more cosmetically attractive to the eye as it will not show inside the tooth. An onlay is similar to an inlay but will cover more of the chewing portion of the tooth. Inlay and onlay fillings are very durable and will cosmetically improve and enhance your smile. They will last many years but are not permanent and will eventually need to be replaced.
Anyone wants to have a nice smile, without silver fillings, discoloration and other dental defects. Contact us at Northridge Dental Group to discuss your options for getting a more beautiful smile.
Fractured and large fillings in teeth can be restored with an inlay/onlay procedure. Decayed, broken and fractured teeth are also restored in this way. And large silver fillings that are unattractive, noticeable and unhealthy can be removed and replaced with this type of restoration.
The procedure for both inlays and onlays is the same, requiring about two visits. During the first visit, impressions will be taken of the tooth so that the restoration, either inlay or onlay, will be the proper size. The patient will be given a temporary restoration at this time. The dentist will also remove any decay and old filling from the tooth. The area will then be thoroughly cleansed and prepared for the restoration.
During the second visit, the restoration will be cemented into place on the tooth. If adjustments are needed, they will be made, ensuring that the inlay/onlay will be a perfect fit. Your dentist will instruct you as to how to properly care for your restoration. With good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings, plus eating a healthy diet, your restoration should last for years and look cosmetically attractive.