Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
Inlays & Onlays are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Inlays & Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure has to be removed during preparation.
An Onlay restoration is a custom-made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. An Onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. Porcelain Onlays are made by a professional dental laboratory and are permanently cemented onto the tooth by your cosmetic dentist.
Onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of Onlays. Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.
Reasons for inlay/onlay restorations:
What does getting an inlay or onlay involve?
An inlay or Onlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom Onlay/inlay and a temporary restoration.
While the tooth is numb, Dr. Michelle Farnoush 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 Onlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your restoration is made by a dental laboratory.
At your second appointment, your new Inlay/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.
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new Onlay.