Porcelain Fillings (or inlays)

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Dental inlays and onlays are a medium between dental crowns and fillings. They are indicated on teeth at the back of the mouth that have suffered a moderate level of decay or tooth tissue loss. Onlays are used to cover one cusp or more, whereas dental inlays tend to be used more as a filling between the cusps.

The two main types of inlays and onlays are made from resin or porcelain. It is also not uncommon to see gold versions. Inlays and onlays are often more appealing as porcelain and resin as they can be coloured to look natural. This often makes dental inlays and onlays a popular choice for those wishing to replace unattractive fillings that are made from metal.

In general, the process of creating  and inlay or onlay for a tooth requires at least two dental appointments. This is because the inlays and onlays must be custom made to the size and shaped of the individual teeth that require the product.
At the first appointment, the tooth is prepared to correct the damaged part of the tooth and shape the remaining tooth to ensure a good fit for the final restoration.  After preparation an impression is taken of the tooth and sent to the dental laboratory so the inlay or onlay can be perfectly constructed in the laboratory. A provisional restoration is placed in the tooth until the fit appointment.

Your following appointment will involve the actual application of the inlay or only onto the tooth. The inlay or onlay is carefully positioned so it matches the exact shape of the tooth. Once in position, we will permanently bond the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This inlay/onlay is then polished to ensure you leave the clinic with a bright, shiny smile.

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