[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When a tooth is damaged or decayed, we often recommend the most conservative treatments appropriate so that we can preserve the structure and health of the tooth. Indirect fillings, or inlays and onlays, are generally recommended if your tooth cannot be repaired through a standard filling but is not sufficiently damaged for a crown. Our inlays and onlays dentist can help you determine if you are a candidate for an indirect filling.
Inlays are generally made of porcelain and can be used to restore areas that have suffered damage. You may need two dental visits with our expert in onlays and inlays to place a dental inlay. At your first visit, your tooth will be prepared, which means any decay will be removed. Dental impressions will be taken to ensure an accurate fit. At your second visit, the porcelain inlay will be placed.
An onlay is similar to a dental inlay but is used to replace one or more missing cusps. If you are a candidate for a porcelain onlay, our expert in inlays and onlays will take dental impressions so that the dental laboratory can make your restoration. It will be bonded securely into place at your next dental appointment.
The highly customized design of porcelain inlays and onlays reduces the risk of contamination. Bacteria are unlikely to be able to access the area between the tooth and the restoration, which means you are less likely to suffer further tooth decay. Porcelain also does not contract the way metal fillings do, which means that the structure of your tooth is more likely to remain intact. Our onlays and inlays expert is also able to preserve more of your natural tooth when we use indirect fillings, which can help reduce your risk of future complications.
Dental inlays and onlays are often considered a conservative alternative to porcelain crowns, and they can provide you with a subtle, natural-looking restoration that can last up to 30 years when well-maintained. Contact our cosmetic dentist today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]