When it comes to restoring a tooth or an entire smile, the goal is to save as much as your natural smile and treat conservatively. That’s what makes inlays and onlays – sometimes referred to as partial crowns – a popular first step for many.
These partial crowns in Coral Gables, FL are utilized when there is still a healthy portion of enamel on the tooth. So, whether a tooth has an old, defective silver filling or the tooth is in a position where it needs more than a filling but not quite a crown, an inlay or onlay can be useful.
An inlay is used when there is no damage to any of the cusps (the top) of your tooth and is essentially place within these cusps, while an onlay is used when there is slightly more extensive damage to the tooth structure. This type of restoration is placed over at least one of the cusps on the tooth.
This piece is usually crafted out of porcelain or gold but can also be made from a natural-colored composite material for an unnoticeable restoration that increases strength and improves function. We will make the determination as to which restoration will work best in your specific situation.
When you and our dentist have decided to go ahead with an inlay or onlay, we will set aside two or three appointments for the entire process. Although the majority of inlays and onlays are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit to ensure a proper fit.
The procedure begins with the removal of all decay in the tooth. Once we have removed the decay, we will scan the tooth. This image file is sent to our lab where your new restoration will be custom-crafted.
While your new tooth is created, we will provide you with a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue with your daily life without worrying about a missing or incompatible tooth.
During your second visit to the office, we will proceed with the placement of your final restoration. The inlay or onlay will be fitted comfortably into your mouth. We will make every effort to ensure that the new restoration feels exactly like one of your natural teeth. The final step in the process is to cement the inlay or onlay into your mouth, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.
Inlays and onlays in Coral Gables FL are a great and conservative restoration option. So, contact our office today to learn more about this service and schedule your next appointment!