As alternatives to composite fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays offer cosmetic and restorative dental outcomes. Not only do they look natural, but they prevent teeth that have already been damaged or decayed from deteriorating.
Discover the advantages of working with Juban Cowen Dental Care for porcelain inlays and onlays.
Inlays and Onlays: Similarities and Differences
In general, porcelain inlays and porcelain onlays perform the same service. Specifically, they are used when a tooth needs restoration beyond the capability of a composite filling but is not ready for a tooth crown.
As their names suggest, both inlays and onlays are created from tooth-colored porcelain. An inlay sits between the tooth cusps, in the space left behind by damage or decay. An outlay, on the other hand, hugs the outer spaces of the tooth, and covers one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays fit into the tooth structure like puzzle pieces, offering strength and reinforcement to weakened teeth.
Both inlays and onlays are individualized to fit the needs of the patient and deliver an instantly revitalized smile.
Effective, Natural Looking Porcelain Inlays and Onlays in Baton Rouge
In most cases, inlays and onlays can be placed in two appointments. During the first visit, dental impressions are taken and then sent to a laboratory for the construction of your new restoration. When your inlay or onlay is complete, we will schedule you for a second appointment. During this visit, your dentist will permanently bond the inlay or onlay to the affected tooth.
Advantages to Choosing Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Patients who want to avoid tooth extractions and get the most out of their natural teeth appreciate the benefits to getting inlays and onlays. Advantages include:
- A healthier, more natural looking smile
- Stronger teeth with a lowered risk of continued decay
- Less likelihood of tooth damage in the future
- Long-lasting results
- Stain resistance to foods and drinks