Porcelain Inlays or Onlays

A porcelain inlay or onlay restoration is a custom made filling made of tooth-colored porcelain.  Porcelain inlays and onlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth.  A porcelain inlay or onlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently bonded into the tooth by your dentist.

Porcelain inlays and onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma.  Porcelain inlays and onlays are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.

As with most dental restorations, porcelain inlays and 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 porcelain inlay and onlay restorations:

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

What does getting a porcelain 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 inlay and a temporary restoration.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist 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 inlay or onlay restoration.  A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is made by a dental laboratory. A careful tooth shade is determined by Dr. Gordon so that the final restoration will blend into your tooth.

At your second appointment your new inlay will be carefully and precisely bonded 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 inlay.