Porcelain Inlays / Onlays Treatment
Porcelain inlays and onlays protect and restore a tooth with large portions of cavities, decayed, damaged or heavily restored tooth. They can often be used instead of traditional dental fillings.
Inlays: when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth the restoration is called an “inlay”. In other words inlays correct areas of decay and damages within the tooth.
Onlays: When larger areas of decay extend to the outside surfaces, or when the extent of the damage requires inclusion of one or more points cusps of the tooth or full coverage of the biting surface (damaged tooth is under very heavy load like back teeth), the restoration is called an “onlay”
Porcelain Inlays/onlays offer a strong, long lasting and good looking solution to tooth decay or similar damage. The main difference between tooth colored composite restoration and inlay/onlays is that composite restoration involve use of materials that can be molded into place within the mouth in one visit, while inlay/onlays made of porcelain, resin, or gold material; fabricated indirectly using a laboratory process, which making them stronger and more durable.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Benefits:
Due to high degree of strength, Inlay and Onlays are excellent for restoring damaged, decayed and weakened back teeth. Unlike crowns they require less amount of tooth preparation since they only cover a portion of the tooth which help to conserve more tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and onlays are tooth colored and having the same color and shade as your original tooth make them virtually undetectable to the naked eye. Both dentists and patients prefer porcelain inlays and onlays because of more natural appearance and functional point of view.
How long inlay / onlay restoration last?
Inlays and onlays are known as a long-term solution for fixing your teeth and generally they last longer than conventional fillings. Just like crowns they can last for a long time (like 20 years or life time) considering they are done well and you maintain a good oral hygiene up to scratch. Porcelain inlay / onlay are one of the strongest filling choice in dentistry.