Porcelain inlays and onlays are dental reconstruction solutions for mild to moderate tooth decay, and are designed as an alternative to white fillings.
Dr. Huefner only uses the strongest, most natural looking porcelain composite material for his patients' dental inlays and onlays. These porcelain composite materials are designed to be long-lasting, withstanding all of the wear and tear teeth are subjected to every day; and the porcelain composite material replicates the natural color, texture, translucency, and consistency of natural tooth enamel.
Porcelain inlays are designed for tooth damage affecting the indented portion of the top of the tooth.
Porcelain onlays are designed for teeth that have more extensive damage that extends from the indented area to other surfaces.
Porcelain inlay and onlay procedure
The procedure for porcelain inlays and onlays takes place over two office visits. During your first visit, Dr. Huefner will prepare the surface of the tooth, including removing any existing damaged filling material or decayed tooth material, and preparing the tooth surface. Then, he will take a mold of the prepared tooth, and apply a temporary sealant to protect your tooth while the porcelain inlay or onlay is being created.
Before your second visit, your porcelain inlay or onlay will be constructed in a dental laboratory using the mold that was taken during your first visit. This custom-designed inlay or onlay will be made of a strong, durable porcelain composite material designed to replicate both the appearance and the function of the natural tooth.
During your second visit, Dr. Huefner will remove the protective, temporary sealant, and will then place the porcelain inlay or onlay onto your tooth, using a special bonding material to provide a permanent seal. Once the inlay or onlay is securely adhered to the tooth, he will make any minor adjustments necessary and polish the tooth to create a smooth, strong, natural surface.
Your finished tooth will look and feel just like a natural, undamaged tooth.
Find out more about porcelain inlays and onlays. Please see our Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Frequently Asked Questions page.
To learn more about porcelain inlays and onlays, as well as other reconstructive dentistry procedures, call or email our offices today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Huefner and his friendly, professional staff.