Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to repair damaged teeth. Inlays are similar to fillings and are used to restore the chewing surface of the tooth. Onlays are used when the damage is more extensive and the tooth structure is also affected. Onlays extend over the tooth’s cusps.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are considered a conservative procedure, which means that they preserve more of the natural tooth structure than dental crowns. This allows patients to keep more of their natural teeth while restoring the function and aesthetics of their smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are porcelain restorations that are created in a lab to precisely fit the tooth, giving the patient a healthy, natural-looking smile. Porcelain inlays and onlays work the same as a dental crown and offer an extra layer of protection for the tooth. The restorations are bonded to the teeth and provide reliable protection against decay, damage, and infections.
Aside from the protection, porcelain inlays and onlays are strong and can handle high chewing and biting forces, thus restoring the patient’s ability to eat properly.
Procedure for Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are similar, the main difference being that onlays cover more of the tooth’s biting surface. Inlays and onlays are applied in two appointments. The dentist initially takes an impression of the teeth and sends it to a laboratory to create the custom inlay or onlay. The dentist then places a temporary sealant over the tooth to protect the tooth in the meantime.
Once the inlay or onlay is ready, the dentist removes the temporary sealant and cleans the tooth. They apply an adhesive and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. Inlays and onlays can last for many years if the patient practices proper dental care.
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