When teeth toward the back of your mouth have cavities that require less extensive repair than a crown but something more supportive than a filling and have small fractures that require restoration, porcelain inlays and onlays are an excellent choice. In certain cases, inlays and onlays are a conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting solution to tooth decay or similar damage. These restorations are beneficial from both an esthetic and functional point of view.
Inlays and onlays are durable alternatives to ordinary fillings. They are custom-made by ceramists, then bonded to the teeth requiring repair.
There are differences between inlays and onlays.
Inlays are placed in the center of a tooth and bonded to it. They are most often used for decayed or damaged teeth where the problem areas are shallow but wide, near the outer surfaces of the tooth. An onlay may be required where a previous large filling has failed and needs replacing or there is a large cavity that needs to be repaired.
We always strive to save your damaged teeth. Inlays and onlays are helpful by giving more support to your remaining tooth structure and minimize the chances that you will eventually require further treatment, such as dental crowns, bridges, or implants.
To discuss porcelain inlay or onlay restoration, please contact Dr. Braverman of Aesthetic Dental of Jupiter at 561.575.5599.