An esthetic and durable way to restore teeth with small to moderate decay or loss of healthy tooth structure
Why a Ceramic Inlay and/or Onlay?
- Decay on a portion of any posterior tooth
- Need for an esthetic, durable restoration
- Desire to limit the amount of healthy tooth structure removed
- Need to strengthen and reinforce the tooth
What is a Ceramic Inlay or Onlay?
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used as a conservative alternative to a composite filling or a full coverage crown. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-fitting, stronger and longer lasting solution to repair a damaged tooth. These restorations are beneficial from both an esthetic and functional point of view.
The benefits of a Ceramic Inlay and/or Onlay
Ceramic inlays and onlays enable the tooth to be restored in a durable and esthetic way. Since they are made in a dental laboratory, these restorations have stronger physical properties than composites and can be more meticulously sculpted. They are bonded to the tooth, helping to prevent tooth fracture and actually strengthening the tooth. They are made to perfectly match the shade of the tooth and therefore are virtually undetectable. Because an inlay replaces only internal surfaces of the tooth and an onlay replaces only the parts of the teeth that are weakened by decay, inlays and onlays require the removal of only the decayed or weak areas of the tooth, leaving more healthy tooth structure intact. This can increase durability and help prevent the expense of root canal therapy in the future.
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Are there other treatment options?
In cases of extensive decay or loss of tooth structure, crowns may be the only alternative. For smaller areas of decay, composite fillings may be a good choice.