INLAYS AND ONLAYS IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES CAN BE UTILISED AS A CONSERVATIVE OPTION TO A FULL DENTAL CROWN
PORCELAIN INLAYS AND ONLAYS
Porcelain inlays and onlays are a conservative option where something more supportive than a dental filling but less than a dental crown is required. They can help with structural issues such as small cracks and fractures while preserving your own tooth thereby minimising the chance for further treatment such as a crown or bridge. This treatment can also be used to replace large metal fillings and restore your smile to a more beautiful and natural appearance.
Both porcelain inlays and onlays are custom-made natural-looking fillings that are securely bonded to prevent further decay and give increased structural support. There is a slight difference between the two:
Porcelain Inlays: These are used with the treatment area is near the outer surface of the tooth and therefore shallow but can be quite wide.
Porcelain Onlays: These are used where there is a particularly large cavity or where a previous large cavity has failed.