Porcelain Dental Inlays & Onlays

The Woodlands and Houston TX

Porcelain dental inlays and onlays are much like porcelain fillings. They are comprised of the same material and made the same way. Even their use and application are very similar to porcelain fillings, but inlays and onlays are used almost exclusively to repair and protect back teeth, rather than front teeth, which are often repaired with tooth bonding.

Dental inlays and onlays are pre-formed dental fixtures which are adhered to the surface of your tooth and polished smooth. They differ from dental crowns in that they do not completely encase the surface of a damaged tooth, but only part of it.

How Porcelain Inlays and Onlays are Made

Dental inlays and onlays are made from an impression of your prepared tooth. First, Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young removes the damaged portion of your tooth and cleans the surrounding area. Next, he takes a mold of the prepared tooth and sends it to a lab to have the inlay or onlay created. While you wait for the inlay or onlay to arrive, you will wear a temporary inlay or onlay which is cemented in place and removed upon your return to our office. At this time, it is replaced with the permanent fixture.

Caring for Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

You care for inlays and onlays in the same way that you care for your natural teeth. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day will keep debris from building up between your teeth and around your inlay or onlay. You should have your teeth cleaned professionally every six months.

Porcelain inlays and onlays respond to teeth whitening like your natural tooth enamel and will brighten similarly to your natural enamel. For this reason, if you are planning on having your teeth whitened, you should have the whitening performed first, and then have the inlay or onlay applied so it will more closely match your whitened tooth color.

If you notice a rough edge on your inlay or onlay, you should also return to have the porcelain polished down. This will prevent excessive wear on your opposing teeth.

To learn more about porcelain inlays and onlays or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Young, please call (281) 367-5559 or contact our Houston cosmetic dentistry office today. Woodlands Premier Dentistry serves patients in The Woodlands, Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.