How porcelain inlays and onlays repair damaged teeth
Dr. Blanca Fernandez, a dentist in South Lakeland, FL., proudly uses a wide range of dental solutions to improve the smile’s appearance and function. This may include the use of ceramic inlays and onlays. These restorations, sometimes called partial crowns, are larger and provide more coverage than a dental filling but are more conservative than a full dental crown.
What is the difference between the two?
Inlays are custom-made restorations that replace tooth structures damaged or worn away due to decay, damage, and wear. They are made of porcelain to match the natural tooth structure, color, and appearance and fit between the cusps, or bumps, on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
Onlays provide more coverage than an inlay but less coverage than a full crown restoration. Onlays can be used to restore large areas of tooth surface when there is enough healthy structure remaining that would make it too invasive to perform a full crown treatment. An onlay usually covers one or more cusps of the tooth and is made from porcelain or ceramic.
Why should I consider an inlay or onlay over a cavity filling?
Inlays and onlays have many advantages over traditional fillings, including better aesthetics, improved strength, and long-lasting durability. They bond directly to the surface of the tooth to form a tight seal that prevents future decay and damage from occurring. Proper care and regular dental cleanings and checkups, inlays, and onlays can last for ten or even 15 years.
Request an appointment with Dr. Blanca Fernandez to discuss inlays and onlays
If you are looking for restorative options for your smile, ask Dr. Blanca Fernandez if inlays or onlays may be suitable for you! She will work with you to determine the best treatment option to restore your beautiful smile. Contact our team at Highland Dental Clinic by calling (863) 457-1954 to request an appointment at the 5163 US Highway 98 South office, which is open to new and returning patients. She also serves the surrounding cities of Bartow, Plant City, and Winter Haven, FL.