Inlay and onlay restorations are custom made tooth-colored porcelain fillings. An onlay is commonly also referred to as a partial crown. Both are made by a professional dental laboratory and are permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.
Inlays and onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Conversely, onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of onlays. The primary difference between the two restorations is that an onlay is required when one or more of the chewing cusps have also been damaged and need to be included in the restoration.
Onlays and inlays make it possible to replace old, unsightly, silver fillings with beautiful tooth-colored restorations, designed perfectly to match your natural teeth while providing stability, strength and function. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Reasons for inlay/onlay restorations
- Broken or fractured teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Decayed teeth.
- Fractured or worn old restorations.
- Large, deep previous restorations
Dr. Leo and Dr. O’Shea have been working with the latest techniques that ensure your optimal dental health and appearance. Once it is determined that inlays or onlays are the right choice for you, a treatment plan that is both efficient and effective will be developed to meet your specific needs.
Contact us today to learn if porcelain inlays and onlays are right for you!