Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

Porcelain Inlays

Although not an often used procedure, an inlay restoration is a custom fitted filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.

Reasons for inlay restorations

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings

What does getting an inlay involve?

An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. At your first appointment, several highly accurate impressions, or molds, will be taken and used to create your custom inlay and also a temporary restoration.

After numbing the tooth, your dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully shaped to properly fit the inlay restoration.  A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is out for production at our trusted dental laboratory.

At your second appointment, your dentist will carefully place the new inlay and precisely cement it into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.

Porcelain Onlays

An onlay, referred to as a partial crown, is a custom-made filling made of composite material, gold or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are most popular material used because they resemble one’s natural tooth.

Porcelain onlays are made by our professional dental laboratory and are then permanently cemented onto the tooth by your dentist. Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of onlays.

As with most dental restorations, onlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for onlay restorations

  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Large fillings

What does getting an onlay involve?

An onlay procedure usually requires two appointments. At your first appointment, our office will take several highly accurate impressions, or molds, that will be used to create your permanent custom onlay and a personalized temporary restoration.

While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully shaped in order to properly fit your onlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your onlay is made by our professional dental laboratory.

At your second appointment, your new onlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.