Porcelain inlays – onlays;
Employed as an alternative to a crown, this treatment is intended to protect the remaining healthy structure of the tooth and generally applied to a tooth that has such significant stock loss that the application of composite fillings is impossible. Generally, they are applied on teeth in the back of the mouth.
What are porcelain fillings?
Porcelain fillings (porcelain inlays or onlays) are produced in a laboratory and possess both excellent durability and high aesthetic qualities. Unlike composite fillings, they are more consistent with the tooth on which they are fixed and the adjacent teeth. This is because these fillings are fabricated outside of the patient’s mouth, in a dental laboratory. They are tissue-friendly and composed of materials with high biocompatibility. They are produced using the latest technologies, without coming into contact with healthy tooth tissue. A hole made in the tooth for an ordinary filling may be ‘adjusted’ for a porcelain filling with just a few minor changes. Unlike other porcelain fillings, they do not cause tooth abrasion, as their structure is so similar to that of enamel. In addition, they do not wear out like composite fillings. Fillings are generally favoured over composite fillings or crowns, especially in cases of significant stock loss.
How porcelain fillings are applied?
During the first visit, the dentist extracts any decayed, broken or damaged parts of the tooth. An impression of the remaining healthy tooth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where the mould is developed in specialized equipment. Porcelain filling, possessing superior aesthetics and durability, is fabricated using high precision technologies to replace the missing parts of the tooth. In a porcelain filling system, any contact with healthy tooth tissue is avoided: maximum attachment is achieved with minimal losses. As they are made of special compressed porcelain, microleakage is reduced to a minimum, reducing both the development of tooth decay and the possibility of detachment. During the second visit, the prepared fillings will be bonded to the tooth. Porcelain fillings have the appearance of, and cannot be distinguished from, natural teeth; they also last for many years. They are gum compatible materials and unlike other porcelain fillings, they do not cause tooth abrasion as their structure is very similar to the structure of the enamel. In addition, they do not wear out like composite fillings.
Please consult your dentist for detailed information.