Repairing and salvaging damaged teeth
Porcelain inlays & onlays
RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IN MIAMI
Dental hygiene plays a very crucial role in maintaining the health of our teeth. One of the most important aspects of good dental hygiene is paying regular visits to the dentist. Poor oral hygiene, certain illnesses, and sometimes genetic factors can damage your teeth and leave them looking stained, chipped or broken. This is where restorative dentistry comes into play.
Restorative dentistry is the process of identifying the underlying causes of damage to teeth and then treating it to restore the aesthetics of your teeth. A popular form of restorative dentistry is the use of dental crowns. Dental crowns are structures made from materials like ceramic, zirconium, and so on to fill in gaps and cover a dental implant. The team of experienced professionals at Amaya Dental offer a broad range of restorative dentistry services such as porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, and missing tooth replacement.
WHAT ARE INLAYS & ONLAYS
Another form of restorative dentistry uses what we call inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays, usually made of porcelain, are used as fillings inside a tooth. They are used in case of large cavities when there is barely any tooth structure left. Porcelain inlays and onlays are structured in the form of your tooth and then bonded to the tooth to secure it.
At Amaya Dental, our team of seasoned professionals have helped seemingly endless numbers of patients deal with damaged or broken teeth through porcelain inlays and onlays. With greater aesthetic appeal, they are useful in strengthening the teeth structure and can replace damaged or old fillings.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PORCELAIN INLAYS & ONLAYS?
To explain things further, let us take a look at some of the advantages of porcelain inlays and onlays.
•Porcelain inlays and onlays mimic the natural color of the teeth
Since these structures are made from materials like porcelain, they resemble the color of the natural teeth quite closely. When used as inserts in cavities and to repair damaged teeth, porcelain inlays and onlays add to the aesthetics of your teeth without making it look artificial.
•Porcelain inlays and onlays are quite strong
Porcelain inlays and onlays are applied after very precise measurement, and your dentist makes sure that these structures are perfectly bonded to your teeth. In addition, being made from porcelain, inlays and onlays are quite strong and stable. They are long-lasting and resistant to damage and staining.
•Porcelain inlays and onlays protect your teeth
This is one of the most significant advantages of your teeth. Porcelain inlays and onlays provide strength to your teeth and prevent decay and bacterial infections from affecting your teeth. With porcelain inlays and onlays, you have a stronger smile.
HOW ARE PORCELAIN INLAYS & ONLAYS APPLIED?
Inlays and onlays are fitted structures, which means that you may need to pay a few visits to the dentist’s office to complete the procedure.
The procedure starts with developing an impression of the damaged or decayed teeth. The dentist uses a material called alginate to take impressions. Once the impression has been taken, it is sent to the lab to be replicated using porcelain. Meanwhile, the damaged tooth is fitted with a temporary insert.
The second visit to the dentist will entail replacing the temporary insert with the actual structures. The dentist will make sure that the porcelain inlays and onlays are bonded perfectly, and will file down any excess materials. The dentist will also check your bite to make sure that there is no protrusion and that your bite is normal.