Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays can be a conservative alternative to porcelain dental crowns. Our Northridge porcelain inlays and onlays expert may recommend inlays and onlays, which may also be called indirect fillings, if you have teeth with significant decay or damage.
Traditionally, amalgam, or metal, fillings would be used for a tooth that had suffered from damage or decay. Amalgam fillings were strong and durable, but they were also quite noticeable. Initially silver, amalgam fillings tend to turn dark or even black over time. Some patients are often concerned about the mercury content in this type of filling. Indirect fillings can be an attractive, healthy alternative.
Inlays and onlays are different from traditional fillings and even composite resin fillings. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory to fit your tooth precisely, which means that you may need two dental visits to have one placed. Porcelain inlays are designed to fit within the cusps of the tooth on the biting surface. Onlays are designed to cover one or more back teeth and offer more extensive coverage to damaged or decayed teeth.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Northridge
If you are a candidate for porcelain inlays or onlays, our Northridge onlays and inlays expert will evaluate your tooth and prepare it at your first appointment. Decayed tissue will be removed along with the old filling if one is present. A dental impression will be made before a temporary filling is placed. At your next appointment, our expert in inlays and porcelain onlays in Northridge will remove the temporary filling and check the onlay or inlay for fit. The restoration can then be firmly bonded into place for a seamless fit.
Inlays and onlays offer patients a variety of benefits. They are more aesthetically appealing than metal fillings, and they offer greater coverage for teeth that have suffered damage or decay. They can last many years when well maintained, and our expert in onlays and porcelain inlays in Northridge can often use them instead of crowns, which often require extensive alteration of the natural tooth.
Contact our Northridge dentist today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.