Dental Inlay And Onlays

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are types of fillings that are placed by Dr. LaMarche to restore teeth that are badly damaged by decay or wear. Inlays and onlays are applied by Dr. LaMarche to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth when esthetics are of concern.

Sometimes patients visit Dr. LaMarche with extensive damage done to their teeth, usually caused by tooth decay. The doctor may feel that a large filling in the area may weaken the tooth’s natural structure. This can lead to cracks or breaks in the tooth, and may even result in the patient needing a root canal treatment down the road.

Dr. LaMarche has the option of placing a crown over a decayed tooth, but often the damage does not warrant the removal of tooth structure necessary for this procedure. The doctor aims to provide the most conservative treatment available to our patients, and the removal of tooth structure necessary to place a dental crown may lead him to look at other solutions.

Inlays and onlays allow Dr. LaMarche to treat large areas of decay conservatively, keeping the remaining structure of the natural tooth intact. The doctor uses inlays to fill in damaged areas between the cusps of teeth. If the patient has suffered severe damage that affects one or more of the cusps, or the entire biting surface of the tooth, the doctor will use onlays to repair the damage.

Dentists used inlays and onlays crafted from gold for many years, which provided great durability. Dr. LaMarcche, recommends porcelain inlays and onlays, however, because he can tint them to match the patient’s natural tooth color.

Inlays and onlays crafted from porcelain have great durability, and they last longer than a traditional filling. In fact, with proper care, porcelain inlays and onlays can last up to 30 years.