When the damage to a tooth exceeds the capabilities of a conventional filling but doesn't warrant a full crown, Inlays and Onlays emerge as a precise and effective solution. These restorative treatments not only strengthen the tooth but also serve as a preventive measure against further damage when expertly bonded.
Inlays and Onlays are recommended in cases where the tooth's structure requires more support than a filling can provide, yet the damage isn't extensive enough to necessitate a crown. This middle ground makes them an ideal solution for achieving optimal strength without compromising the tooth's natural structure.
The journey to reinforced tooth structure begins with the removal of the decayed area, paving the way for a customized solution. An impression of the tooth structure is meticulously crafted and sent to the lab for the fabrication of an inlay or onlay. Material options, including ceramics, gold, or composite resin, allow for tailored choices based on individual needs.
During the fabrication period, a temporary inlay or onlay is placed to safeguard the tooth. Once the long-term restoration is ready, it seamlessly replaces the temporary one. The final restoration is expertly bonded to the tooth structure, ensuring a natural appearance that mimics the pits and fissures of the chewing surface.
The choice of materials is a critical aspect of customization. Whether you prefer the durability of ceramics, the classic appeal of gold, or the aesthetic versatility of composite resin, our team works with you to select the material that aligns with your preferences and functional needs.
The final result is not just about strength but aesthetics too. The bonded inlay or onlay mirrors the natural appearance of the tooth, blending seamlessly with the pits and fissures of the chewing surface. The outcome is a restoration that feels and looks like a natural part of your smile.
Embark on the journey of restorative precision with Inlays and Onlays at Prosthodontic Associates. Schedule a consultation today to explore how these tailored treatments can optimize tooth strength while preserving the natural beauty of your smile.