Q: What are inlays and onlays?
A: Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings because inlays and onlays are made in a laboratory and then cemented or bonded to the surface of your tooth during a second visit to your dentist. This is different than standard fillings which are done in your dentist’s office during a single visit. Also, inlays and onlays do not weaken your tooth structure, but actually strengthen it.
Q: What are porcelain inlays and onlays?
A: The inlays and onlays Dr. Konig uses consist of porcelain material that is filled or laid into or onto your tooth. They are tooth-colored and restore parts of your teeth which are decayed or missing. Even though they are more conservative than conventional dental crowns, they offer greater advantages to your teeth as well as your gums because they strengthen the structure of your teeth.
Q: What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?
A: Dr. Konig’s porcelain inlays and onlays add strength to your teeth, especially when compared to other filling materials. Also, porcelain inlays and onlays are harder and more durable than white composite fillings. After bonding your inlays and/or onlays to your teeth, Dr. Konig applies a watertight seal and resiliency is restored to your teeth.
Q: What procedure is used to install my inlays and onlays?
A: Dr. Konig will begin your inlay and/or onlay process by having an impression or mold made of your teeth. From this mold, Dr. Konig designs your custom inlay and/or onlay to fit your mouth exactly. Another important factor in your inlay or onlay creation is a perfect color match. While your inlay or onlay is being customized for you, a temporary inlay or onlay may be provided for you.
After your inlay or onlay is created, Dr. Konig will use a dental adhesive (bonding agent) to permanently adhere your new custom-made inlay or onlay to your tooth or teeth. The greater dentist’s care, skill, and artistry in custom-designing your inlay or onlay, the more natural your restored teeth will appear. The result is a beautifully restored smile that you can enjoy for a lifetime.
Q: What is the difference between inlays and onlays, or crowns?
A: Inlays and onlays only cover a portion or your tooth (or teeth, if several are used), whereas crowns cover your entire tooth. If your tooth needs additional structural support than a filling alone can provide, you may need an inlay and/or onlay.