Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

Restore your teeth from damage or decay

Our talented dentists at Valley Grace Dental use porcelain inlays and onlays to help restore teeth that have suffered from damage or decay. Dental inlays and onlays can effectively repair your injured tooth and return your smile to full health, function, and beauty. We invite you to contact us at 661-587-7002 to learn more about porcelain inlays and onlays in Bakersfield, California, and schedule your consultation with our dentists.

Advantages of Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

  • Natural tooth-colored appearance.
  • Conserves a major part of the healthy tooth.
  • Inconspicuous to the casual observer.
  • Comfortable.
  • Easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Stain-resistant.
  • Strengthen weakened teeth.
  • Last for over 15 years.

What are Inlays & Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used to repair damage or decay. If the damage is not extensive enough to warrant the use of a dental crown but is too serious to be repaired with a filling, our experienced dentist may recommend a dental inlay or onlay. Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are custom-created from porcelain, composite resin, or gold. Our dentist will ensure that your custom inlay or onlay perfectly fits your tooth to restore the health, function, and appearance of your smile. Once placed, they are virtually undetectable in the mouth and conserve much of your natural tooth structure.

Both inlays and onlays are used to restore damaged teeth. The difference between a dental inlay and a dental onlay is that an inlay is used when the damage does not reach the cusps of the tooth, while a dental onlay is used when the damage extends to one or more of the cusps. We will help you determine whether you need a dental inlay or onlay to restore your smile. We welcome you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental inlays and onlays. We are eager to restore your smile!

Situations That Necessitate Inlays & Onlays

  • Broken teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Large fillings
  • Cracks too large for fillings
  • Damage not significant enough for crowns

Inlays & Onlays Procedure Details

The inlays and onlays procedure usually concludes in two sessions. During your first session, our dentists examine your oral anatomy, take digital x-rays, and review your dental history. After the initial tests and consultation, we take a mold or impression of your teeth, allowing us to create customized dental inlays and onlays. We also remove all the infected, decayed, or damaged parts of your teeth or old fillings.

Once the cavity or damage is thoroughly cleaned, we prepare it to receive the inlays/ onlays and provide a temporary filling to protect the space while the permanent restorations are prepared. During your second session, we cement the new inlays and onlays in place and make the necessary adjustments to ensure they fit properly. Our dentists ensure the final restoration looks perfectly natural, blending into your surrounding teeth to be inconspicuous.

For more information, please schedule an appointment to discuss your Inlays/Onlays options with our dentists.