Porcelain Inlay and Onlay Questions

Lake Oswego Dentist Serving Portland, & Nearby West Linn, OR

What are porcelain inlays and onlays?

Porcelain inlays and onlays are customized dental repairs created for you in a dental laboratory. They are already hard when put in place, unlike tooth-colored restorations or the old metal mercury fillings. They fit exactly into the tooth’s cavity, repairing damage caused by decay or injury.

How are these different from tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as tooth-colored restorations, are a 'direct' dental repair, meaning that they are applied to your tooth by Dr. Wendling. Porcelain inlays and onlays are made in a dental laboratory according to a tooth mold and information supplied by Dr. Wendling. Porcelain is stronger than the dental bonding material used for tooth-colored fillings. It’s also more translucent and more closely resembles natural tooth enamel.

How long does the procedure take?

It takes two office visits—one visit to prepare the tooth and take a custom impression of it; and the second to fit and bond your custom inlay or onlay to the tooth.

Are porcelain inlays and onlays right for me?

If you have damaged teeth, whether it's a result of decay or traumatic injury, a porcelain inlay or onlay may be the right solution for you. It serves the same function as a traditional filling, but provides a more aesthetically pleasing solution.

What other options are available?

You could have tooth colored restorations (done in one visit only).

Other questions?
Call or email us today to schedule your personal consultation. Dr. Wendling will be happy to answer any questions you have. We can show you around our comfortable facilities serving Portland, Oregon and introduce you to our friendly team.

Portland Cosmetic Dentist

17437 Boones Ferry Road Suite 400
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035