It truly can be frustrating to be laughing with friends over a good joke only to in the back of your mind be sub-consciously thinking about how everyone can see the inside of your mouth. Over time, your old gray fillings may be wearing down, eroding or even broking. What if there were a simple means of correcting these problems towards restoring a more youthful looking smile.
Tooth coloured porcelain inlays and onlays provide a more conservative solution than conventional crowns by providing a longer lasting and more natural looking smile. If more than half of the biting surface of a molar has decayed, it is often wise to use an inlay or onlay rather than a filling. An inlay is similar to a filling, but lies within the cusps (bumps) on the chewing surface of the tooth. An onlay is more extensive than an inlay and covers one or more cusps.
A dental inlay or onlay is a solid; one piece filling that is cemented into or onto your tooth and can usually be applied in just two visits. At the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth for the new inlay or onlay while also making an impression of the tooth for what will be the custom creation of a porcelain inlay or onlay that will fit exactly into your tooth. Also during this first appointment, the dentist will place a temporary sealant on your tooth and schedule your second appointment. During the second appointment, the dentist correctly fits the inlay or onlay and bonds the tooth with a strong bonding resin, the tooth is then polished smooth.