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Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

At some point, most of us will end up with a cavity or two, and this is when porcelain inlays and onlays can come to your rescue. Depending on the nature of the damage to your teeth, they may be restored using dental inlays or onlays.

With inlays, the restoration is done by placing a solid material (generally porcelain, resin, or gold) into the tooth cavity and cementing it into place.

The difference with an onlay is that it extends to replace a cusp, which are the raised parts on the surfaces of the teeth. Onlays are generally used when more than a filling may be needed, but a dental crown is not required. If you have a cavity, your dentist at Dlight Dental will gladly discuss treatment options with you to determine if and inlay or onlay would be right for you.

When Would We Recommend Inlays or Onlays for You?

Patient receiving dental careInlays and onlays are offered as treatment options when there is a need to restore lost tooth structure. We have a wide range of top quality composite resin and porcelain restorations that can be shaded to match your teeth’s color. We have extensive experience in color blending so that your final result will look completely natural.

How Are Dental Inlays And Onlays Placed?

Inlay and tooth modelInlays and onlays usually take one or two visits to be placed. At your first visit, the decayed or damaged portion of your tooth will be removed. We’ll then take an impression of the prepared tooth, which a dental lab will use to make your final restoration. At this time, we’ll also place a temporary restoration if necessary.

For your second visit, the temporary will be removed and your custom-made inlay or onlay will be bonded to your tooth. We’ll check to make sure that it fits properly and does not interfere with your bite.

What to Expect with Inlays and Onlays

Closeup of smile after treatment

  • When done properly, there are no known risks associated with these procedures. We at Dlight Dental have extensive experience with these treatments.
  • You should expect porcelain inlays and onlays to last 10-15 years.