Porcelain inlays and onlays is a dental treatment that uses indirect filling to reform a tooth for better functionality and appearance. This is done after the decay has been removed from the tooth. Inlays and onlays can be made of everything from composite resin to porcelain and even gold. Their purpose is primarily to strengthen teeth as well as replace any older damaged dental work. Most notably, they are incredibly strong and look natural. Because they are so durable, they will last for a very long time.
Placed Inside the Structure of the Tooth
Inlays are used as a way to correct a damaged or decayed tooth. After decay removal, an impression is made that is sent to a laboratory that then fabricates the inlay. This is ultimately placed inside the structure of the tooth in a permanent and lasting way. Once the porcelain inlay has been placed and bonded permanently, the chances of the tooth being re-infected by bacteria becomes virtually zero. This is simply a smart way to protect teeth for the long term. With so much to offer it is clear to see why porcelain inlays are so popular today in terms of highly effective dental treatment.
An Indirect Restoration
Conversely, porcelain onlays are used primarily as a way to restore the cusps of a tooth that has become damaged or broken. They are placed in such a way that they are very much like inlays and will require at least two dental visits just as is necessary with inlays. When onlays are placed they are considered to be an indirect restoration because a dental laboratory actually creates them in a handcrafted fashion. One of the big advantages of both inlays and onlays is that they are porcelain colored meaning that they closely match the color of natural teeth. The end result is a beautiful attractive smile as well as an improved bite.
Less Bacterial Leakage
With either of these important dental treatments, you can expect improved tooth contour as well as even healthier gums. With both, expect extremely durable and long-lasting service as compared to composite fillings. There is typically less bacterial leakage because inlays provide for a perfect fit. In short, there are many advantages to choosing inlays and onlays as compared to composite fillings. Talking with your dental care provider is the best way to know for sure which option will suit your dental needs the best. Contact your Walnut Creek dentist, Dr. Massood Darvishzadeh, at Dental Implant Solutions today for more information.