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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Porcelain Inlays/Onlays

If you have a damaged tooth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend and inlay or onlay, natural-looking dental restorations designed to restore a weakened tooth to normal function and form. Whether it was decay or physical injury that compromised a tooth’s strength, porcelain onlays and inlays offer patients a beautiful and affordable solution.

At my dental practice, I use porcelain to create all of my onlays and inlays. I feel it is the ideal material because it bonds with teeth for optimal strength, lasts a long time, and looks incredibly lifelike.

How It's Done

Compared to a porcelain crown, onlays and inlays require less reduction of natural enamel. After an impression is taken of the tooth, a temporary filling is placed. The porcelain restoration will be created in our state-of-the-art lab using CEREC technology, and matched to fit your tooth shade. During the second visit, the onlay or inlay is firmly bonded to the tooth for an instantly enhanced smile.

Here's the difference between the two:

Inlays - sits inside the tooth cusps, used when a porcelain filling is inadequate
Onlays - covers one or more tooth cusps, used when more extensive restoration is needed (but is still less invasive than a porcelain crown)


Want to learn more about onlays and inlays? Please contact Colonial Dental Group in Chicago today to schedule your initial appointment.

posted by Patti at 7:58 AM

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