Porcelain inlays and onlays are a type of cosmetic dental restoration. Often referred to as partial crowns or indirect fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays are used to treat moderate levels of decay or damage while maintaining a pleasing appearance. Porcelain inlays are fitted into a cavity, or space, in a tooth, while a porcelain onlay extends to replace a cusp, or the elevated bump of a tooth. At Oceanview Dental, we use porcelain inlays and onlays when the tooth is not damaged seriously enough to require a dental crown, but not enough tooth structure remains for a normal filling. Our expert dentists will determine if porcelain inlays and onlays are right for you.
It generally only takes one office visit to place a porcelain inlay or onlay. After all decay or damage is removed, we use CEREC® one-visit restoration technology to create your restoration on the spot. Once it is made, your inlay or onlay will be expertly applied and cemented into place. We work hard to ensure your porcelain inlay or onlay is comfortable and feels natural. If you are interested in learning about porcelain inlays and onlays in Oceanside, California, we encourage you to call or visit our dental office today.