For patients struggling with fillings or tooth decay, inlays and onlays offer a discreet and permanent alternative to the unsightly metal dental work of the past.
With their sleek design and same-day placement, inlays and onlays are an increasingly popular solution to many common problems.
Inlays and onlays are useful because they preserve as much of as your natural tooth as possible. This makes cleaning your teeth easier. Similarly, some fillings–such as composite and traditional fillings–may shrink with time.
Inlays and onlays don’t shrink and are also extremely durable and stable.
Why is inlay/onlay better than a dental filling in case of large dental caries?
It is much more difficult to fix the filling safely in such a broad cavity. It’s impossible to protect the undamaged surface of the tooth with a simple filling. Where the filling and the natural tooth meet (edge), an injury may happen, that can lead to secondary tooth decay.
In the case of extended dental caries, the area beneath the gum is also damaged, which makes it impossible to create a tooth filling safely and it may lead to secondary tooth decay too.
Ceramic Crowns to Restore Damaged Teeth
Dental crowns protect and restore teeth. In this way, they prevent further tooth damage and maintain a healthy, pleasing smile. Specifically, a tooth crown may be used for the following:
- To protect a weak, damaged tooth
- To prevent a tooth from breaking apart
- To hold together a fractured tooth
- Restoring a tooth after a root canal
- As the replacement tooth atop a dental implant
- As the support for a replacement tooth in a dental bridge
Other dentistry restorations may also be an option, depending on the exact issue you are facing. Inlays, Onlays and dental fillings are a few other restorations commonly used to treat damaged, decayed or weakened teeth.
Ceramic Crowns vs. Other Types of Crowns
I use only all-ceramic crowns because of its advantages, which include:
- Natural tooth colour-matched to your teeth
- Durable, strong ceramic material
- A secure bond is formed between porcelain and enamel
Another common type of crown is made of porcelain fused to a metal base. While that type of crown is quite durable, it tends to cause the tooth to have a grey or silver tint.
Also, a thin line of metal can become visible along your gum line, especially if your gums begin to recede.
These problems are avoided when an all-ceramic crown is used.
Benefits of Inlay and Onlay are: