Fillings are placed on teeth to restore a portion of the tooth that has a cavity, is missing or is fractured. Using porcelain for dental fillings allows for a better match to the natural appearance of the tooth, and provides a stronger solution than traditional metal or resin fillings.
Onlays and Inlays are restorations used when there is more tooth structure missing than a filling can accomodate, and can sometimes be used in more conservative restorations instead of a crown. They are created using a mold of the damaged tooth, and then permanently bonded to the tooth. This is usually done over two appointments. On the first visit the old filling or decay is removed, an impression is taken, and a temporary onlay is placed on the tooth. The temporary onlay is removed on the second visit, and the inlay or onlay is cemented and polished. As with fillings, using porcelain allows for a better match to the natural appearance of the tooth.