Inlays and Onlays are restorations that are made to replace a third or more of the broken, decayed, or damaged tooth. These restorations are usually prepared outside of the patient’s mouth and can be made of strong material that resembles enamel, such as porcelain or gold.
Human teeth are built of small elevations and depressions known as cusps and grooves. When cavities form and decay eats into the structural parts of the tooth, a filling is not enough to repair the damage. A filling fills between the integral parts of the tooth while an onlay replaces the missing or damaged tooth structures.
When missing large portions of the tooth, especially one or more cusps, a conventional dentist will recommend the use of crowns. Crowning teeth requires that other, often healthy portions of the tooth be destroyed in order to prepare the tooth. Modern advancements in technology allow dentists to use alternative techniques to save healthy portions of the tooth.
At Major Dental Clinics, our dentists use only the best materials and technology. This includes the use of porcelain materials and CEREC technology. When combined under the supervision of our quality dentists, the patient is able to receive an incredibly life-like tooth that is designed to last.
The CEREC allows our dentists to restore teeth that are missing a cusp without preparing the tooth for a crown. Crowns sometimes require a healthy portion of the tooth to be destroyed. Porcelain inlays and onlays with the CEREC are conservative alternatives to crowns and they can offer many benefits. These benefits include a customized fit, strength, stability, and a matched tooth color that will not discolor over time. Perhaps best of all, they can protect teeth from further damage and the need for more extensive restorations.
You may need an inlay or an onlay if you have a chipped or cracked tooth, or if you have moderate tooth decay. Click here to schedule your complimentary consultation at Major Dental Clinics.
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