When individual back teeth are broken down but some good healthy tooth structure remains, porcelain inlays and onlays are the material of choice. There are many different tooth colored materials today. This is a beautiful and conservative lab fabricated procedure. Only the unstable and decayed areas of the tooth are removed. An impression is made and sent to the laboratory. The temporary filling is in place for about two weeks. Then the inlay or onlay is bonded into the remaining tooth with the curing light.
Be careful when biting hard objects and ice to avoid fracturing. Fluoride treatments are recommended once yearly along with the use of fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day.
Results of Treatment
Porcelain inlays and onlays provide a conservative, natural looking restoration.