Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Explained
Porcelain inlays and onlays are used when a cavity proves too big for a tooth-colored filling or when a metal filling that takes up most of your tooth is removed. Instead of using white composite resin or metal amalgam to fill a cavity, porcelain is the material that is used to fill the decayed area. Porcelain is a hard substance with greater durable than other filling materials, which is why an inlay and onlay must be crafted at a dental laboratory.
The procedure typically requires two visits. During the initial visit, the dentist will clean out the decay and bacteria from the cavity and administer a temporary filling. Once the inlay or onlay has arrived from the lab, the dentist will place it into the cavity. It is important to take care of your temporary filling. If the temporary filling falls out it will leave the root and nerves exposed, which can result in pain and cause the surrounding teeth to drift into the open area of the treated tooth.
How Do Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Differ?
The primary difference between a porcelain inlay and onlay is that they differ in size. An inlay is smaller and used to fill a cavity that is inside one cusp of the tooth, which are the tiny bumps at the top of the tooth. An onlay is larger and used to cover one or more cusps, and it usually extends over the tooth.
How Do Porcelain Crowns Differ from Porcelain Onlays?
A porcelain onlay is smaller than a porcelain crown, so it does not cover the entire tooth. Porcelain onlays are typically used if a tooth is slightly decayed but has enough tissue to support a filling. Porcelain onlays preserve more of your natural tooth than a porcelain crown.
Porcelain inlays and onlays can provide individuals with a range of advantages. They are made of porcelain instead of metal to match the natural color of your tooth. The dentist will use a light-cured dental cement to structurally bond the porcelain inlay or onlay to your tooth. Moreover, porcelain inlays and onlays apply an inward force to hold the tooth together. With proper care, your porcelain inlay or onlay can last a significant number of years. To ensure that your porcelain inlay or onlay lasts, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and routine dental examinations.
To learn more about porcelain inlays and onlays, reach out to Sneed Dental Arts and make an appointment with us! Our compassionate staff will dedicate themselves to giving you a smile you love to bare. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! Our office is conveniently located in Collierville.