Making your teeth stronger when they’ve broken or decayed doesn’t always mean that you need a crown or a filling. There’s actually another way to repair your tooth while helping it look great at the same time. Porcelain inlays and onlays are comprehensive restorations that help strengthen teeth that are too damaged for a filling, but don’t need the full-coverage of a crown.
Inlays and onlays are used to cover or fill a significant portion of the tooth while maximizing healthy enamel around the damaged area. Like crowns, inlays and onlays are made in a laboratory. Each one is hand designed to fit in or over the tooth that is being treated. After the tooth is prepped and an impression is taken, it usually takes about two weeks before the permanent inlay/onlay is ready for placement. A temporary filling protects the tooth from sensitivity before the inlay/onlay is bonded to the tooth.
The material used for inlays and onlays is high-grade porcelain. Porcelain restores strength to the tooth so that it can continue functioning normally. It also preserves aesthetics. Because porcelain is available in so many different shades, it can be carefully matched to the color of your natural tooth enamel. The matching process is identical to that used in porcelain crown treatments.
Most people are not as familiar with dental inlays and onlays as they are with other types of treatment. Thankfully the goal of minimally invasive dentistry has allowed these reliable treatments to gain more popularity among dentists and their patients. The next time your dentist tells you that a filling just won’t do, ask if an inlay or onlay is the best option.
Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
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