Inlays & Onlays
Cosmetic Dentistry includes replacing the damaged structure of a tooth when more than half is damaged. In this case we may advise inlay or onlay. Many times these are conservative alternatives to larger crowns. Many times these are conservative alternatives to larger crowns.
If the damage is moderate, inlays are appropriate. When the damage is more extensive (but not enough to warrant replacement with a crown) onlays may be best.
Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain, gold or composite resins that are bonded directly to the teeth. These materials are much stronger than traditional metal or composite fillings and can help prevent further decay or damage.
First, Dr. Smith will remove the damaged areas (or old fillings). Then he will take an impression of the prepared tooth and place a temporary restoration on your tooth The impression and instructions are sent to the lab for fabrication.
After the inlay is completed, Dr.Smith will check for proper fit and bond the well-fitted onlay or inlay to your tooth with a strong resin.