If you are not happy with prior dental fillings, such as dental work with amalgam fillings (commonly referred to as ‘metal or silver’ fillings) or composite fillings, a more aesthetically pleasing alternative is porcelain inlays and onlays. For patient preference, they can be made from gold, porcelain or resin materials which are a more long lasting solution.
Depending on the patient’s severity or tooth damage, a dental crown may not be needed. Choosing a porcelain inlay or onlay is a less conservative option compared to a dental crown, yet more durable than a white filling. A tooth impression is created, and the porcelain is matched to the patient’s natural tooth colour. The data is sent to a laboratory, where the porcelain is fabricated. Once made, the patient has the porcelain bonded into the centre or cusps of the tooth.
The advantages of porcelain inlays and onlays: