Do you have large metal fillings still in your teeth? Or, do you require a filling but you’re not quite sure what type is best? If so, you may want to consider porcelain inlays and onlays. These are well-suited for restoring weakened molars and are also appropriate for creating more uniformed surfaces across teeth. In fact, Porcelain inlays and onlays offer a robust and attractive alternative to traditional composite fillings.
What is a Porcelain Inlay/Onlay?
Porcelain inlays and onlays are custom manufactured inserts that are securely bonded in large spaces where there is less healthy tooth structure present. They are used to repair damaged teeth, prevent further decay, stabilize the tooth structure, and look like your natural teeth. The difference between the two is that porcelain inlays sit in the hole of your tooth while onlays sit on top to help rebuild the shape. Both are created in a lab by an experienced ceramist.
What they are Best Used for
Inlays and onlays are typically considered for teeth that have deep cavities or have been severely damaged. In fact, they offer the protection and strength of a crown without the need for extensive tooth preparation. Made from the same strong, tooth-coloured material as dental crowns and bridges, porcelain inlays and onlays are customized to match your tooth shape and shade, and are much stronger and more durable than composite restorations.
How they Work
Porcelain inlays and onlays are often installed within two appointments. The first appointment involves making impressions of your teeth, removing any old filling material, and placing a temporary dental filling in its place. Once your permanent restoration is ready, you’ll return to our office to have it placed.
Significant Benefits of Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain is much more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam. Considering they can be matched perfectly to the existing tooth colour, they will look more natural than other types of fillings. They are also incredibly strong and will often last much longer than other filling materials. Once bonded, they also help improve the strength and structure of the tooth, adding better functionality and preventing the risk of further damage.
To find out if porcelain inlays and onlays are right for you and your situation, schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists today at Yazdani Family Dentistry. We’re always available to answer any of your questions regarding our tooth restoration options available to our patients.