A porcelain inlay is a custom made filling that fits into the grooves of your tooth. It’s a common dental procedure to restore dental caries. These are cavities in the center of the tooth rather than being on the side or along the edge.
A porcelain inlay is a painless procedure as your dentist will numb the affected area before starting. Your dentist will then drill and clean out the decayed portion of the tooth and clean it so a mold can be made.
An inlay is different from an onlay simply based on the extent of damage on the tooth. An inlay is done when the decay is more centered in the tooth. An onlay on the other hand is for when the decay has spread to the cusp of the tooth.
Porcelain inlays are preferred if a tooth only has minimal decay. Some dentists may also recommend porcelain inlays as an alternative to full coverage crowns. Inlays can also strengthen the damaged tooth as it is a precise and custom fit.
While the procedures for an inlay and onlay are similar, your dentist will be the one to determine which is best. Make an appointment with your dentist in Newmarket today to see which is better for you.