Did you know that a cosmetic dentist can repair teeth that were damaged by tooth decay with porcelain inlays or onlays? Teeth that only have mild tooth decay can often be repaired using a porcelain inlay instead of a traditional dental filling. Teeth with severe tooth decay are harder to fix, but your dentist may be able to repair the tooth with a porcelain onlay instead of a traditional dental crown. Many people opt for traditional dental fillings and crowns, because they are cheaper than porcelain inlays and onlays. However, the latter have several benefits. Before you visit a cosmetic dentist, learn how porcelain inlays and onlays can benefit you.
Many people choose porcelain inlays or onlays, because they provide a more natural look. In fact, before you get a porcelain inlay or onlay, your dentist will use swatches to determine the shade of your natural tooth. Then, the porcelain is colored so that the color matches the rest of your teeth. Also, the porcelain used to make your custom inlay or onlay will resist stains better than the composite resin that dentists use to make traditional dental fillings and crowns.
Porcelain inlays and onlays last longer than traditional dental fillings and crowns, for several different reasons, including:
- Porcelain is a harder material than composite resin.
- Porcelain inlays and onlays are actually cemented to the remaining structure of your natural tooth, while dental fillings and crowns are bonded to your tooth. over time, the bond adhering the composite to your tooth wears down, and your filling or crown can loosen or fall out.
- Porcelain is a strong material, so when it's used to repair a tooth, it gives your damaged tooth the added strength it needs to help prevent further tooth decay.
After dental fillings are placed, they can expand or contract. If this happens, it can leave small spaces between your tooth and the filling that can affect your bite. However, porcelain inlays and onlays are made to fit your tooth, giving them an overall better fit that makes it easier for you to chew food and keep your teeth clean. Additionally, the custom fit doesn't leave room for bacteria to get between the inlay or onlay and your tooth, with helps prevent further tooth decay.
You're the only one that can decide whether a traditional filling or crown will suffice or if you should opt for the porcelain inlay or onlay. However, if you're looking for a long-lasting option that gives you a natural look and fit, you should talk to a cosmetic dentist to see whether or not a porcelain inlay or onlay is a good option for you. Contact a dental practice, such as Bristol Dental Group, if you are interested in this great new technology.