Porcelain inlays and onlays are similar to dental crowns and dental fillings and are used to repair moderately damaged or decayed teeth. These tooth-colored restorations are created at a professional dental laboratory to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color. Inlays are traditionally used in less significant cases, while onlays can be used to repair teeth with more damage or decay. In some cases, porcelain dental inlays and onlays in Newport Beach, California, can be used as an effective alternative to dental crowns because they require less removal of healthy tooth structure.
While porcelain inlays and onlays may someday require replacement, they are very durable and will last many years with the proper care. When in place, your porcelain inlay or onlay will be a natural and beautiful addition to your smile.
There are several reasons why Dr. Douglas Hauck will recommend a tooth-colored inlay or onlay, including:
- To restore teeth that are decayed, fractured, or broken
- To replace a filling that is too large and/or has fractured
- To enhance the aesthetic appeal of your smile
Porcelain Inlay and Onlay Procedures
Our dentist can place your custom porcelain inlay or onlay in just two appointments at Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc.. During the first appointment, we will take impressions of your teeth that will be used to create both your custom porcelain restoration and a temporary restoration. Dr. Douglas Hauck will numb the tooth in question and remove the old filling and/or any present decay. After thoroughly cleaning and preparing the tooth, a temporary restoration will be placed. You will wear this temporary restoration until your custom inlay or onlay has been created by the dental laboratory.
When you visit us for your second appointment, our dentist will remove the temporary restoration and place your porcelain inlay or onlay. After ensuring that it fits properly and looks natural, you are free to leave with your beautiful new smile in place. Remember to listen to Dr. Douglas Hauck’s instruction on the care of your newly restored oral health before you leave. If you have any questions about porcelain inlays and onlays or cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to call or visit our dental office today.