A fractured filling or tooth can harm your ability to talk and eat while also compromising the overall look of your smile. If one of the teeth in your mouth has been affected by trauma or decay, a dentist may recommend restoring it with a porcelain onlay.
Porcelain onlays are different than inlays because they are designed to cover the entire biting surface of a tooth. Comparatively, porcelain inlays are usually used when the round edges of a tooth need to be covered. You may prefer to have your dentist use porcelain onlays, instead of onlays made out of a different material, because the porcelain is more likely to match the colour of your existing teeth.
After the dentist places a porcelain onlay onto one of your teeth, your tongue, mouth, and gums may feel numb for a few hours following the procedure. Additionally, during the first few weeks after you have a porcelain onlay placed on one of your teeth, your tooth may be more sensitive to heat and cold. However, this symptom will likely wear off over time.
Once you have a porcelain onlay placed on one of your teeth, it is important to maintain proper dental hygiene habits. This means that you should brush and floss daily and visit your dentist for consistent dental cleanings.