When tooth decay is severe enough to fracture a tooth, a filling can harm the tooth’s structural integrity. If you suffer from mild to moderate tooth decay, porcelain onlays and inlays may be an effective treatment option. Smaller than porcelain crowns but larger than dental fillings, onlays and inlays will provide your tooth with both functionality and strength, preserving more of your tooth’s natural structure than with a porcelain crown.
If you are seeking an effective way to seamlessly blend your tooth restoration with your natural smile, please call Arlington Dental Aesthetics at 703-527-1020 or South Riding Smiles at 703-327-7705 to learn more about dental inlays and onlays. Our experienced, LVI-trained cosmetic dentists welcome patients from throughout the Arlington and South Riding areas of Virginia.
Porcelain Inlays Defined
A porcelain inlay is a versatile dental solution for replacing old fillings or restoring teeth when decay is present inside the tooth’s cusp. The porcelain inlay process usually requires two dental visits to complete.
During the initial visit, an impression of your tooth will be made. That impression will be used by a dental lab to create your customized inlay. While you wait for the completed inlay to be crafted, you will be provided with a temporary inlay. Once your final inlay has been finished by the lab, it will replace your temporary inlay during a second visit to our office.
What Is a Porcelain Onlay?
In situations where tooth decay reaches beyond the cusp of the tooth, a dental onlay is used to restore the tooth. The process for placing a dental onlay is similar to that of an inlay: an impression is made during your initial appointment and once your completed onlay is ready, you will come back to replace your temporary onlay with the final, porcelain onlay.
Benefits of Onlays and Inlays
Porcelain onlays and inlays offer a number of benefits, including:
- Strengthens the tooth
- Durable, long-lasting restoration
- Can be customized to blend seamlessly with your tooth’s natural color
- Extends the life of the tooth by preserving more natural tooth structure than with a dental crown
- Prevents further damage and costly treatments in the future
- Restores the tooth’s structural integrity
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you want to treat tooth decay or replace metal fillings while enhancing the integrity and appearance of your smile, please contact our office nearest you. If you live in the Arlington area of Virginia, please call Arlington Dental Aesthetics at 703-527-1020. If you live in the South Riding region, call South Riding Smiles at 703-327-7705.