A Porcelain inlay or onlay is a custom made tooth coloured restoration. Porcelain inlays and onlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. They are made by a professional dental ceramist and are permanently bonded onto the tooth by your dentist.
Inlay and onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. They are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in their preparation.
Inlays and onlays are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for onlay/inlay restorations:
• Broken or fractured teeth.
• Cosmetic enhancement.
• Decayed teeth.
• Fractured fillings.
• Large fillings.
What does getting an inlay or onlay involve?
An onlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom onlay/inlay.
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/onlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay/onlay is fabricated by a dental ceramist.
At your second appointment, your new inlay/onlay will be carefully and precisely bonded into place.
Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay/onlay.