Inlays and onlays, also referred to as partial crowns, are similar to fillings but are less invasive. Our dentist may recommend porcelain inlays and onlays if there is not enough tooth structure left to support a filling, but the tooth does not require a crown. We will remove the decay from the tooth and then take an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. This is used to custom make the inlay or onlay. When the inlay or onlay is ready, Dr. Scott G. Lamming will check the fit, make any alterations as necessary, and permanently cement it into place.
Typically, a dental onlay or inlay in San Juan Capistrano, California, is made from natural-looking, high-quality porcelain. Inlays are used when the entire work is contained within the bumps on the chewing surface of a tooth. Onlays are more extensive than inlays; they cover one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays are more durable than traditional fillings, often lasting up to 30 years.
Of course, prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically reduce your risk of cavities and other dental problems by brushing twice daily, flossing daily, eating a balanced and healthy diet, and visiting your dentist on a regular basis.
We encourage you to call our dental office today with any questions about porcelain inlays and onlays and to schedule an appointment. We are eager to care for you and your smile!