Besides composite fillings, another great option for treating ailing teeth are porcelain inlays / onlays. These dental restorations are ideal for strengthening back teeth that have become weak over time. They are also well-suited for treating teeth that are decayed or have previously restored.
Porcelain inlays and onlays offer a high degree of restorative and protective benefits for teeth and the overall health of your smile. Unlike dental crowns which are well-suited when the entire tooth has to be restored, inlays and onlays only treat a particular portion of a tooth’s surface. As a result, this means that less tooth preparation is required which allows your tooth to retain more of its original structure.
Besides providing strength and durability to your tooth, inlays and onlays are also aesthetically pleasing. Its porcelain material is tough yet natural looking since it is matched to the specific shade of your teeth. As a result, porcelain inlays and onlays ensure natural looking results for your smile.
To place an inlay or onlay, two appointments are often needed. During your first appointment, the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is removed and impressions are then taken. These impressions are sent to a dental lab where your dental restoration is created. During this time you will be fitted with a temporary inlay or onlay to keep your exposed tooth protected. Once your permanent restoration is completed, you will return to our office and the temporary one is removed and the permanent one is placed.
If you would like to achieve a healthier smile, we can help. Contact Uptown Dental Gig Harbor at (253) 857-0835 to speak with our staff. Our dental team is trained to the highest standards and are committed to helping you with your dental needs. We offer a comfortable relaxing atmosphere so you can feel confident that your dental experience will be smooth, pleasant, and enjoyable.