Porcelain Inlays & Onlays Specialist

Richard Hardt, D.D.S

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Porterville, CA

Whether you need a cavity filled or are looking for a natural-looking replacement for a dental crown, consider the benefits of porcelain inlays and onlays. At Richard Hardt, D.D.S. in Porterville, California, Dr. Richard Hardt, DDS, and Dr. Lawryn Monterroso, DDS, provide comprehensive restoration services, including durable porcelain inlays and onlays. To find out if you’re a good candidate for this type of restoration, book a consultation online or by calling the Porterville office directly.

Porcelain Inlays & Onlays Q & A

Richard Hardt, D.D.S

What are porcelain inlays and onlays?

Restorative inlays and onlays are an alternative to traditional dental crowns. Also known as indirect fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays provide your teeth with a stronger, longer-lasting repair. They also help prevent future tooth damage and decay.

An inlay is a restoration technique that involves the bonding of material to the center of your tooth. An onlay is a technique where restorative material covers the full biting surface of your tooth.

Inlays and onlays may also be an effective treatment option to replace fillings and repair structural damage. A dental lab customizes your restorations, which Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso later bond to your damaged tooth.


What are the benefits of porcelain inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays offer several benefits over traditional crowns and fillings, including:

  • Excellent fit
  • Improved tooth structure
  • Increased strength and stability
  • Natural-looking results


Porcelain inlays and onlays are also easy to clean and care for using your regular toothbrush and a high-quality toothpaste.

You should enjoy many years with your porcelain inlays or onlays. They’re designed to fit comfortably and offer long-lasting results in terms of functionality.


What happens when I get inlays and onlays?

In most cases, inlays and onlays take two dental visits to complete. During your initial consultation, Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso take a mold of your damaged tooth that they send to a dental lab to create your restorations.

On your follow-up visit, they place the permanent inlay or onlay on your affected tooth. They ensure you have a perfect fit and there are no problems with your bite. Once the fit is set, Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso use a strong dental bond to attach the restoration to your natural tooth. They then polish the tooth for a smooth, natural look.


Am I a good candidate for porcelain inlays or onlays?

Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso determine if you’re a good candidate for inlays or onlays during an evaluation of your teeth. You should have good overall oral health and the right expectation about your results.

To learn more about the benefits of porcelain inlays and onlays, call Richard Hardt, D.D.S. in Porterville, California, or use online booking to schedule a consultation today.