Inlays and onlays are a durable and beautiful solution for treating minor to moderate cavities in the back teeth. Like white fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays are a safe, mercury-free alternative to traditional metal fillings that can be used for the treatment of new cavities or the replacement of old amalgam fillings.
The best dental filling option for you depends largely on the level of tooth deterioration. Dr. Jeffrey Bellisario will recommend the right treatment based on your individual needs.
Benefits of Porcelain Inlays/Onlays
Because inlays and onlays are bonded to the surface of your teeth rather than packed into cavities like metal fillings, they allow more of your healthy tooth structure to be preserved.
- Porcelain inlays are used to repair teeth that have decay or damage within the indented surfaces — or "cusps" — at the tops of the teeth. They fit between two ridges on the affected teeth.
- Porcelain onlays are designed to treat tooth decay that extends to multiple cusps on a tooth’s biting surface. Like inlays, onlays provide a seamless smile while protecting your affected teeth from further damage.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are custom-made for a precise fit, and provide strength and stability once they are properly bonded to your teeth. The translucent quality of porcelain resembles your natural tooth enamel, making porcelain inlays and onlays look natural and realistic.
Inlays and onlays can also be used to treat chips and cracks if the damage is not substantial enough to warrant the use of dental crowns.
The Porcelain Inlays/Onlays Process
The process for placing a porcelain inlay or onlay takes two visits. During your first appointment, impressions of your affected teeth will be taken to serve as the basis for your custom-made restoration. After the damaged portions of your teeth are removed and your cavities are cleaned, Dr. Bellisario will place temporary inlays or onlays. Once we receive your customized inlays or onlays from the dental lab, you will return to have them bonded to your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain inlays and onlays, please contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario through the form on this page or call today to schedule your personal consultation. We welcome patients from Ardmore, Havertown, Bryn Mawr, Bala Cynwyd, Newtown Square, and the rest of the Main Line area of Pennsylvania.