Considered a unique type of dental restoration, inlays and onlays are employed by dental care providers as a more conservative alternative to traditional dental crowns. Sometimes referred to as an indirect filling, inlays and onlays are highly regarded because they are strong, longer lasting and well fitting when dealing with tooth decay or other types of tooth injury, trauma or damage. Porcelain inlays and onlays are totally considered to be advantageous from both a functional, aesthetic, and cosmetic standpoint.
They are most frequently used to replace traditional dental fillings in order to effectively treat tooth decay or other types of tooth structure damage. Inlays and onlays are different primarily in the fact that they must be fabricated in a dental lab prior to being placed. Once the inlay or onlay has been fabricated it is then cemented or bonded to the tooth requiring restoration. The process is considered an inlay when the bonded material is placed in the center of the tooth. Conversely, an onlay is used for tooth damage that is exterior in nature. In most cases this would include the biting surface of the tooth.
There are many advantages to inlays and onlays including the fact that they offer an outstanding fit. They preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible and are perfect for patients with minimum amounts of tooth decay that may have migrated into the flossing area. In addition, inlays and onlays are known for impressive aesthetic longevity and a resistance to discoloration and staining. They preserve the highest level of healthy tooth structure while effectively dealing with damaged or decayed tooth surfaces. Cleaning is simple and convenient and these types of placements are ideal for tight spaces while offering impressive strength and stability. Contact your Pinole dentist, Dr. Hosseini at Top Pinole Dental today for more information on porcelain inlays and onlays.