Inlays & Onlays were used instead of amalgam or composite fillings to replace a small amount of tooth structure loss due to broken or decay. Onlays also fit inside the tooth but extend onto the chewing surface of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps In the past Inlays & Onlays were made only of Gold. Today Inlays & Onlays can be made of a tooth color material such as ceramic/porcelain or zirconia.
What to expect:
Before placing the Inlays / Onlays, a consultation is done to check the tooth that’ll be receiving the filling. An X-ray will also be taken of the tooth and the bone around it. Your dentist might have to do a root canal prior to the filling being placed if there are signs of tooth decay or risk of infection.
Next, your dentist will prepare and clean the defective tooth or unsightly fillings, silicon will be used to make impressions of your teeth and to assess how the filling will fit into your bite. Once that’s done, your porcelain filling will be inserted inside your tooth. Bonding proses may actually improve the strength of the tooth and help seal the Inlay / Onlay to the tooth.
DisclaimerEvery patient is a unique individual and every treatment has unique aspects. Therefore, no two cosmetic procedures will get the exact same results — even if patients are similar and if the procedures are performed by the same doctor.
Before undergoing a cosmetic procedure, please be sure to have an individual one-on-one consultation with a qualified doctor.