What Are the Advantages of Porcelain Inlays and Onlays?
Porcelain inlays and onlays are stronger than regular fillings and less expensive than full dental crowns. They’re a great option for restoring teeth that’s both effective and cost-efficient. Porcelain inlays and onlays will also be colored to match the color of your natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell that you have them.
Are There Any Alternatives to Porcelain Inlays and Onlays?
You can choose to have your inlay or onlay made from other materials such as composites, metal alloys, or gold. Composites can stain or become discolored over time, however, and metal alloys and gold are highly visible.
You can also choose to have a full dental crown placed over the tooth instead of a porcelain inlay or onlay.
How Long Do Porcelain Inlays and Onlays Last?
Porcelain inlays and onlays can from 5 to as long as 30 years if they’re well cared for. You take care of them the same way you care for your natural teeth, that is, by practicing good oral hygiene and getting cleanings at the Cerritos office twice a year.
If you grind your teeth in your sleep, talk to your provider about getting a mouthguard to protect both your porcelain inlays or onlays and your teeth. Teeth grinding is one of the major causes of breaking teeth and needing restorative treatments such as porcelain inlays and onlays.