In the past when a patient had extremely worn or cracked teeth, sometimes composite fillings weren’t enough so cosmetic dentists were force to use dental crowns to fix the problem because the back teeth support the majority of the bite, and large amounts of composite resin usually isn’t strong enough to last in these areas. Still, it was frustrating to have to remove so much healthy tooth structure in preparation to place a dental crown. Then cosmetic dentists came up with a new alternative that is more conservative: porcelain dental inlays and dental onlays. Using dental inlays, dentists are able to forgo using a tooth crown and instead are able to use something a bit more effective, conservative and efficient.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays – The Benefits
When it comes to using dental inlays and onlays, there are several different benefits. For example, dental inlays and dental onlays are molded to be custom fitted around the tooth’s existing, healthy tooth structure, which is why the dentist doesn’t have to remove a large amount of the natural tooth. Once the inlays and onlays are placed on the teeth, they are bonded seamlessly so that they are properly sealed on your tooth. This means that the inlays and onlays will keep your teeth safe from cavity-causing bacteria.
Using porcelain inlays and onlays eliminates the need to have an amalgam filling or metal-based dental crown placed on your tooth. Instead Dr. Dunayer is able to use porcelain composite that is durable, long-lasting, and natural looking. This means your tooth is protected in an aesthetically pleasing way!
Differences Between Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays
While dental inlays can be used in order to replace outdated metal fillings, they are generally placed on the teeth in order to restore teeth that have damage and/or decay within the indented top surfaces.
On the other hand a porcelain onlay is used to treat decay that extends to one or more points of the tooth (cusps) or when there is a need for full coverage of the entire biting surface.
Before you can be fitted within either a dental inlay or a dental onlay, Rockland County cosmetic dentist Dr. Dunayer will need to thoroughly examine your teeth and then take an impression of the tooth. With this a temporary inlay will be put in place until your lab-created inlay is ready. Once the permanent dental inlay or dental onlay is ready Dr. Dunayer will place it on your tooth with little to no pain or downtime for you. Some patients may experience tenderness but this is usually temporary and easily treated.
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There are so many benefits to using porcelain inlays and onlays. From the more natural look to a superior fit and effective seal, these cosmetic dentistry treatments are perfect for those patients who may need a dental crown but are looking for something more durable and long-lasting.