What are Porcelain Inlays and Onlays?

Porcelain inlays and onlays are dental restorations or indirect fillings created to restructure a tooth’s anatomy. They allow teeth to function and look like a whole, natural tooth. Inlays and onlays are similar to a metal filling however this more aesthetically appealing option is used to strengthen teeth and replace old or damaged fillings. This type of restoration is carefully crafted to last for decades when properly fit. They are a great option to help restore a compromised tooth while helping to achieve a confident, natural looking smile.

Porcelain inlays or onlays have a number of noteworthy advantages. Porcelain used for inlays/onlays is extremely durable. These resilient restorations are like puzzle pieces, designed to complete your tooth. Inlays and onlays are extremely natural looking when properly fitted, and add strength and protection to your natural tooth. There is less bacterial leakage with inlays/onlays than traditional fillings because of the complex design and customized fit of this restoration. Inlays and onlays are contoured perfectly to the tooth, which allows for a healthy gum line and durable biting surface. Inlays are placed on the indented top surfaces of decayed or damaged teeth. Inlays are only slightly different than onlays as onlays are placed on the cusps of the tooth. Both restorations require two visits to the dentist to complete the procedure.

Other invasive dental procedures like dental crowns, bridges or implants can be avoided if your dentist can save your tooth using an inlay or onlay. These “indirect restorations” are made in a dental laboratory from custom impressions made by your dentist. We recommend finding an experienced cosmetic dentist with a background in porcelain inlays and onlays like Dr. Mitzi Morris DMD, PC when considering this form of dentistry as a solution for your dental dilemmas.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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