Porcelain inlays and onlays are cosmetically pleasing dental restorations used to repair teeth in the back of the mouth that have mildÂ to moderate amounts of decay. Porcelain inlays and onlays can also be used to repair chips and cracks in teeth when the damage is not severe enough to warrant the use of a crown. Because porcelain inlays and onlays are tooth-colored, they are often viewed as a more natural restoration option than metal fillings. My Scottsdale Dentist, Scottsdale, Az, can help you decide if they are right for you.
What are Porcelain Inlays and Onlays?
Porcelain inlays are used to treat decay or damage within the cusps of a tooth. Porcelain onlays are used to treat decay or damage that extends beyond the top projection of a tooth or teeth. Since inlays are used to repair damage within the tooth, they are often used as replacements for old or damaged metal fillings.
How are Porcelain Inlays and Onlays placed?
Porcelain inlays and onlays are generally placed over the course of two separate visits. During your initial visit to My Scottsdale Dentist, Dr. Poulos will create an impression of your tooth/teeth requiring treatment and place a temporary inlay or onlay. Following your initial visit, the impression will be sent to a lab so your porcelain inlay or onlay can be specifically made to fit your tooth. You will need to come in for a second appointment once your porcelain inlay or onlay has been made. During this visit, your dentist will remove your temporary restoration and place your permanent porcelain inlay or onlay.
What are the benefits of Porcelain Inlays and Onlays?
Porcelain inlays and onlays are tooth-colored, so they are considered a more natural-looking alternative to metal restorations. They are also much more durable than metal fillings. Since porcelain inlays and onlays are custom-made to fit your individual tooth, they are more securely bonded to the tooth surface. This tight bond prevents bacteria from growing between the restoration and the natural tooth.
How can I learn more about Porcelain Inlays and Onlays?Â
My Scottsdale Dentist will be happy to discuss porcelain inlays and onlays in Scottsdale, Arizona with you. Please feel free to call 480-614-1122 or schedule an appointment online in our Scottsdale Office.