Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

In certain circumstances, a filling can’t repair a tooth. If you have a very large cavity, or if your tooth is damaged beyond what a normal filling can repair, porcelain inlays and onlays are often excellent ways to repair the tooth. Dr. Tiffee is pleased to offer porcelain inlays and onlays to our family of Uvalde, TX, patients.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are made from a single piece of dental porcelain that is especially designed to perfectly fit the size and shape of the cavity in the tooth. An onlay covers the cusp of the tooth, while an inlay fills in the area between the cusps on the tooth.

Inlays and onlays are both considered to be a more conservative way of repairing a tooth. And because they are applied to the surface of the affected tooth – rather than being pressed into it, as is the case with a filling, for example – inlays and onlays are an effective means of preserving the structure of the tooth. After an inlay or onlay is applied, the tooth is actually much stronger than it was before!

The porcelain used to create inlays and onlays can be made to very closely match the shade of the patient’s natural teeth. This means that inlays and onlays blend in beautifully with the rest of the teeth and are virtually impossible to detect!

When is an Inlay/Only Needed?

In most circumstances, an inlay or onlay is used to repair decay or damage to a tooth that can’t be resolved with a simple filling. But there are other instances that might call for an inlay/onlay, including:

  • To repair a broken tooth
  • To replace old or damaged fillings
  • To improve the appearance of a tooth

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For more information about porcelain inlays and onlays, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tiffee, contact our Uvalde, TX, dentist office today.