Porcelain inlays and onlays are a type of indirect tooth filling. Whereas tooth colored resin dental fillings are applied directly to the tooth, a porcelain dental filling is fabricated in a dental laboratory and bonded to the tooth.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are used to restore teeth that have been affected by trauma or decay. Their purpose is to make the tooth stronger by holding it together while retaining a natural, esthetically pleasing color. They are used in instances when there is deficient tooth structure to support a filling but the tooth is still in a condition that does not require a dental crown.
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Inlay Vs. Onlay
An inlay covers the interior contours of the tooth, while an onlay covers the entire biting surface. Porcelain is a strong and durable material that will restore function to and mimic the look of natural teeth. With proper care and maintenance, porcelain inlays and onlays will have excellent longevity, ensuring that your smile will be beautiful and long lasting.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
If you have old amalgam (metal) dental filling, you may choose to have them replaced by Dr. Marckese-Braun. Whether your motives are cosmetic or out of health or comfort concerns, metal dental fillings can be easily removed and replaced with a more esthetic tooth colored dental filling.
In many cases, an old metal filling will be replaced with an inlay or only. For larger metal fillings, a dental crown may yield the best results. The dental crown will add stability to the tooth and conceal any discoloration that may have been caused as a result of the metal filling.
What To Do If You Have A Broken or Missing Dental Filling
If you have lost or have a broken dental filling, it is important to contact our office as quickly as possible. Dr. Marckese-Braun makes it a priority to treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible. Please contact our office as soon as you can to schedule emergency treatment.