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Porcelain Inlays

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Porcelain inlays or porcelain onlays are tooth coloured fillings made of porcelain that fit into or onto the tooth. They are indicated when there is too little tooth structure to predictably support a white filling but there is enough tooth to avoid placing a crown, which is more destructive to the tooth.

Porcelain inlays and porcelain onlays take two visits to complete. The first session is when the decay or old filling is painlessly removed, a detailed impression is taken and a temporary filling is placed. Our technician then creates the custom made inlay or onlay in the laboratory. The second session is two weeks later when we bond the inlay or onlay, which fits exactly, to the tooth.

The big advantage of porcelain inlay/porcelain onlays is that they are much more durable than white fillings. Fillings can reduce the strength of a tooth but porcelain inlays/onlays can actually increase the tooth’s strength.