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Are Porcelain Inlays/Onlays Right for Me?

Dr. Hosseini

Today more than ever before dental patients have choices when it comes to improving the functionality and overall visual appearance including that of a stunning smile. One aspect of this greater flexibility enjoyed by modern dental patients is porcelain inlays/onlays. This is a type of dental restoration that exceeds the capabilities of traditional fillings that are sometimes not able to protect teeth fully. Equally of note is that porcelain inlays/onlays are often used when the full coverage offered by dental crowns may be too aggressive of treatment for the patient. Either way, inlays, and onlays certainly have their place in modern dentistry. 


Bonded to The Inner Portion of the Tooth


Bonded to The Inner Portion of the Tooth 


The process is simple when it comes to the application of this type of dental treatment. However, that said the design and crafting of this form of dental add-on can be quite complex and detailed. This is important because a perfect fit will ensure a lifetime of service from this kind of dental restoration. When porcelain inlays are applied, they are bonded to the inner portion of the tooth. Conversely, with onlays, they simply cover the outer portion or wall of the patient’s tooth. These treatments are most often used when a large portion of the tooth is still healthy and able to be preserved. Generally speaking, this is all intended to avoid the more aggressive application of the dental crown. 


Good Care and Routine Checkups


Good Care and Routine Checkups 


Porcelain inlays/onlays offer greater protection than standard fillings and are stronger in terms of protecting teeth. Equally impressive is that they are able to provide patients with a much wider variety of colors and shades so that a perfect match is possible when comparing to surrounding natural teeth. Even more impressive is the fact that inlays and onlays are substantially more durable than other types of dental applications. With good care and routine checkups, they can last longer than even standard fillings. In short, porcelain inlays/onlays are a smart alternative for patients looking to improve appearance, functionality, and long-term durability. Contact your Pinole dentists, Azadeh Hosseini, DDS, and Ghazal Hosseini, DDS at Top Pinole Dental today for more information about porcelain inlays/onlays. 


[1] The Differences Between Metal Crowns And Porcelain Crowns
[2] Learn About Porcelain Onlays