Porcelain inlays and onlays are great options for patients who need more restoration than a filling can provide but not quite enough to require a crown. Think of a porcelain inlay as a larger filling, and think of a porcelain onlay as a smaller crown.
Porcelain inlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth. They are created outside the mouth to the exact shape and size of the needed restoration, and the finished product is cemented onto the tooth. Inlay restorations can be used for many purposes, including filling large cavities or covering up dark amalgam (silver) fillings.
Porcelain onlays are similar to inlays, but they are larger and cover the chewing surface of the tooth plus one other side. Often referred to as partial crowns, onlay restorations don’t cover the entire tooth but they do cover much more than an inlay.
Both of these restoration options can be great options for a variety of dental care needs. Make an appointment today to talk with your dentist about these custom restorations. Our team will help you choose the one that best fits your situation, and we will work to ensure you are satisfied with your treatment plan and every step of your care.