Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays are examples of indirect restorations. This means that they are custom made outside of the mouth by a dental laboratory, and then permanently bonded to your tooth. An inlay is a smaller restoration that fits within the contours of the tooth, while an onlay is larger and covers some or all chewing surfaces of the tooth. The advantages of indirect restorations are added strength, perfect fit, durability and an optimal color match to your other natural teeth.
Inlay and onlay procedures will require two appointments. At the first appointment, the dentist will prepare your tooth by taking out any decay and fractures. Then a custom impression will be taken of your tooth and that will be sent to a dental laboratory with the doctor’s specific instructions. You will be fitted with a temporary restoration while the lab fabricates the final product. At the second “insert” appointment, the dentist will permanently bond your inlay or onlay and make any final adjustments.