Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays are tooth colored, ceramic restorations that are used when esthetics are of the utmost importance to repair damage from decay or trauma. These require a lab for fabrication. These take two visits with the tooth/teeth protected with tooth colored temporaries while the porcelain is being made in the time between the appointments. They are made by the lab similar to a porcelain crown. Unlike a crown which covers the entire tooth, the inlays or onlays can be used to cover parts of the affected tooth, while leaving the healthy tooth structure intact on the remaining parts of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are a more conservative treatment used when a crown is not required, but the damaged area of the tooth is too large for a filling. It can also be used in areas where the biting forces would be excessive for composite filling material, as the new porcelains are very resistant to vertical forces and resist abrasion that would occur with composites.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are beautiful, natural looking and long lasting. Just like crowns, they require occasional replacement or repair. They are used in areas where esthetic results are critical. We can discuss with you if porcelain restorations are appropriate for your particular restorative needs.