Our dental team at Bayside Dental provides a wide range of services to improve the appearance and function of your teeth. Common options we use are porcelain inlays and onlays. What are these restorations and how can they benefit your unique smile? Continue reading on to learn more about how porcelain inlays and onlays in the Rowlett, TX area.
Dental inlays and onlays are most commonly used to repair the teeth in the back of your mouth that have moderate decay or slight fractures or cracks but not enough for a crown restoration. An inlay or onlay is the “midpoint” between a filling and a crown, i.e. there’s too much damage for the tooth to be fixed with a filling, but a full-coverage is not warranted. An inlay is applied to the inside of your tooth, and an onlay covers the cusps of your tooth.
Dental inlays and onlays are typically completed in two appointments. After giving you local anesthetic to numb the area, the dentist will then remove and damage and decay prepare the tooth for the inlay or onlay. We will scan or take an impression of your teeth so that the porcelain inlay or onlay can be made at the lab. Inlaysand onlays are commonly made of porcelain which is similar to the natural look of your tooth. You will return to the office to have the inlay or onlay permanently “seated” in or on your tooth.
For more information regarding inlays and onlays, contact our dental clinic to speak to a member of our Bayside Dental team. Call us today to set up your next appointment!