An onlay restoration is also sometimes referred to as a partial crown, and is generally used to repair a severely damaged single tooth. Porcelain onlays make an excellent alternative to dental crowns, and require less of the remaining tooth structure. While traditional onlays are made from composite, gold, amalgam, or other metal, porcelain onlays are becoming more popular due to their resemblance to natural teeth.
Porcelain onlays can be used to repair a number of dental issues, including:
Porcelain onlays may also be used as an alternative to dental crowns in a number of cosmetic dentistry applications.
The application of a porcelain onlay generally requires two office visits to complete. During your first visit, your dentist will remove any old fillings or decayed material from the tooth. The space will then be carefully cleaned and prepared for the inlay. Your dentist will take several impressions of the tooth in order to create a mold that will be used to make a temporary filling. The mold will then be sent to a dental laboratory where your permanent inlay will be made.
During your second visit, the temporary filling will be removed and your permanent inlay will be fitted and carefully cemented. You may need an a few adjustments in order to ensure a comfortable fit and proper bite. It’s important to remember that while porcelain inlays are durable, they may need to be repaired or replaced in the future. You can extend the life of your inlay by following good oral hygiene practices, and by keeping regular appointments. Our Dallas dentist Jaime Osorio DDS can tell you more about porcelain onlays.