Same Day Porcelain Fillings
When more than half of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged Dr. Bisson will often use an inlay or onlay.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color, which can potentially match the natural color of your teeth.
How are inlays and onlays applied?
Inlays and onlays require only one appointment to complete the procedure. The filling being replaced or the damaged or decaying area of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay or onlay. An optical impression of the tooth is made and created within minutes in our “3D Printer”.
Considerations for inlays and onlays
Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth. As an alternative, inlays and onlays, which are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth. As a result, they can last much longer. In some cases, where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.