Do you have a mouth full of ugly metal fillings that need to be replaced? Are your old amalgam fillings starting to lift and cause further decay? Inlays or onlays are procedures done by a cosmetic dentist that will leave you with a more natural looking smile.
They may provide an in-between solution when you have a tooth too damaged for a filling, but not damaged enough for a crown. They help preserve more of the tooth structure, possibly preventing eventual loss of the tooth.
What are they?
An inlay or onlay is a restorative procedure that offers an alternative to traditional fillings. They cover different portions of the tooth, depending on the size of the old filling. An onlay is typically larger, covering one or more cusps of a tooth.
When replacing old amalgam fillings, maintaining tooth structure is important to long-term oral health. Crowns can sometimes unnecessarily remove tooth structure that is still healthy.
What are the benefits?
Inlays and onlays are much more durable than your typical filling. Replacing ugly, old, amalgam fillings will also give the patient a more natural smile while maintaining as much tooth structure as possible. They are less likely to discolor than a traditional filling and are fitted to your tooth, offering more natural comfort. The ceramics used in this procedure are long-lasting and durable.
Saying good-bye to the unattractive metal in your mouth will make you smile!
Caring for your restoration is important for your long-term oral health. No matter what option you choose, following a simple oral hygiene routine will allow your smile to shine for years to come.
For more information, please feel free to contact us with your questions or to schedule a consultation.