Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
When a fractured tooth or cavity is too extensive for a filling to repair and conserving natural tooth structure is the highest priority, Porcelain Inlays and Onlays are the answer. Standard fillings such as composite and amalgam can shrink, stain over time, and typically need to be replaced in the future. Additionally, if a tooth is not properly supported by a filling, it is likely to fracture and require extensive treatment. Inlays and Onlays are a much stronger and cosmetic alternative to fillings.
These restorations are expertly crafted out of high quality porcelain which does not shrink, are extremely durable and stable, provide a substantial increase in support over fillings, and will not stain. These restorations provide many of the benefits of a full coverage porcelain crown, while still preserving as much of your natural tooth as possible.
One Simple Step
Once your case is planned, two appointments leave you with a restored tooth. At the first visit, the teeth are gently prepared to allow space for crafting porcelain where the cavity was removed. The preparations are digitally scanned and then sent to a master lab technician where the porcelain restoration will be crafted. Drs. Westcott and Sonchaiwanich provide all the information to a specialized lab that's needed to create a masterpiece. A temporary Inlay or Onlay allows you to function normally until the restoration arrives for placement typically within 2-3 weeks.