If your molar teeth or premolars have endured damage due to a cavity or oral bacteria, a porcelain inlay or onlay may be the best restorative option. An inlay or onlay is smaller than a crown, and fits directly in or on the area of the cavity. A dental impression of the injured tooth is used to custom-create the inlay or onlay, providing a clean and exact fit. Inlays and onlays are used for molar and premolar teeth in which the cavity is too large or the tooth has endured too much damage for a normal filling, but not large enough that a dental crown is needed.

Your Inlay and Onlay Options

Put simply, an inlay is used to fill the hole created by a cavity on the inner part of the top of your tooth, while an onlay covers the tooth’s inner pulpous portion and any cusps that have suffered damage. Inlay/onlay options are recommended in situations where the tooth damage or injury is is affecting the structural integrity of the tooth itself. An inlay or an onlay can conveniently be made and placed in one office visit.

At Defining Smiles, we offer custom porcelain inlay and onlay options to better suit your restorative dental needs. Additionally, porcelain can be tinted or shaded to match the color of your teeth, providing a consistent and natural look.

Restoring Your Smile

Your custom dental procedure does not have to be a difficult experience, and at Defining Smiles we are here to help. JR Gonzalez, DDS can assist you in your onlay or inlay restorative dental matter, and would be happy to provide you with your options. To learn more or to book an appointment with our office, contact us (972) 717-0660 today.