About Porcelain Inlays & Onlays
Over time, some of your old fillings may have worn down, eroded or broken. Let Dr. Konig show you the possibilities of a longer lasting and more natural looking smile.
Tooth-colored porcelain onlays and inlays might be the right restorative solution for you. They are a much more conservative option than conventional dental crowns, and healthier for the tooth and the gums.
One advantage of Dr. Konig’s porcelain onlays and inlays versus other filling materials is that they add strength to the tooth. In addition, onlays and inlays are harder and more durable than white composite fillings. Once Dr. Konig has bonded the onlays and inlays to your teeth, a watertight seal is formed and resiliency is restored.
Call 713-668-2289 today to meet with Dr. Konig and find out if inlays or onlays might be right for you.
The process begins when we make a mold of your teeth. A temporary restoration may be provided while your custom design is being made.
From the mold, Dr. Konig designs your custom onlay/inlay so it will be an exact fit. Obviously, the color must be a good match, too. That is where Dr. Konig’s artistry and skill separate him for most other dentists.
Dr. Konig uses a dental adhesive to permanently affix your new custom-made onlay/inlay to your teeth. You leave with a beautiful, restored smile that you can enjoy for a lifetime!
Learn more about tooth-colored inlays and onlays and other lifelike restorations by contacting Dr. Konig at 713-668-2289 today. We are pleased to welcome patients from Katy, Sugar Land, The Woodlands and other nearby areas at our Houston office.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for the Inlay/Onlay Process?
Dr. Konig is committed to fully restoring damaged teeth using proven, conservative methods. He may recommend an inlay or onlay for you if you have sustained more damage than can be repaired with a dental filling but not enough damage to warrant the use of a dental crown. Inlays and onlays are large, indirect fillings that are made in a dental lab and bonded to the tooth. They have demonstrated significant long-term durability, making them an excellent treatment option for those "in-between" dental injuries.
How Long Does the Inlay/Onlay Process Take?
To receive your inlay or onlay, we will schedule two visits. The initial visit may take about 90 minutes. After discussing your treatment options and confirming your choice to move forward with an inlay or onlay, Dr. Konig removes the damaged portion of the tooth. An impression is then taken to guide the shape and size of your new restoration. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth until the inlay or onlay is ready for bonding. Your second visit will take place about two weeks after your first. At that time, your temporary filling will be removed. Your tooth will be cleaned to remove any bonding material that is present, and your new inlay or onlay is affixed. Dr. Konig will carefully evaluate the new restoration to ensure that it fits perfectly before he bonds it to your tooth.
Recovery & Aftercare for Porcelain Inlays or Onlays?
There is very little interference with your daily routine when you undergo inlay or onlay treatment. While you are wearing the temporary restoration, you should avoid gum and sticky or chewy foods. It is necessary to take care when flossing so you do not accidentally dislodge the temporary inlay or onlay. After each of your appointments, you may experience some gum inflammation and soreness or tenderness. Rinsing your mouth with warm salty water can expedite your healing. You may also experience temporary tooth sensitivity, which may be alleviated to some degree by brushing with toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Once your final inlay or onlay is bonded into place, you can expect to resume your normal eating habits, including gum-chewing. To sustain your restoration, it is important to stay up to date with your dental exams and cleanings. During each appointment, Dr. Konig will closely examine your restorations to confirm they are still in good condition.
How Long Do Inlays and Onlays Last?
Dental inlays and onlays are known to last as long as a few decades. Conversely, they may need to be replaced after five to 10 years. The longevity of your restoration will be influenced by several factors, including whether or not you bite or chew on hard objects like pen caps or ice. If you take very good care of your teeth and gums in general, you can expect your restorations to also remain intact and structurally sound for many years.
Will Inlays/Onlays Ruin My Dental Health?
Having a dental inlay or onlay is one of the best things you can to do support your ongoing dental health! These restorations are necessary for optimal repair and, being made of lifelike porcelain, are ideal for a natural-looking smile. Dental porcelain is quite biocompatible so should not cause irritation in the same way that metal can. It does not contain mercury, and it is made for lasting durability. We anticipate that you will be very happy with your decision to receive a porcelain inlay or onlay if this treatment is advisable for you.
"Dr Konig has been my dentist for 25 plus years. He has done routine cleaning to much more complicated procedures. He always takes the time to explain procedures and answer my questions. I recently had implants placed. Dr Konig saw me through the process and made me feel comfortable about the decision and confident in the procedure. His office staff is always professional. I highly recommend Dr Konig." - Tracey S.
"Dr Konig and his team are amazing! They always make you feel welcome, respect your time and do excellent dental work. I have been a patient for 15 years and highly recommend them." - Don L.