Porcelain Dental Inlays/Onlays
Northern Virginia, including Arlington, Tysons Corner, Alexandria, Fairfax, and McLean, Virginia Dentist
If you experience mild to moderate tooth decay, fractures or cracks in a tooth, but the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown, dental inlays or onlays may be just what the cosmetic dentist ordered to restore your smile.
DENTAL INLAYS VS. DENTAL ONLAYS
The use of a dental inlay or a dental onlay depends on the location of the tooth decay or damage:
- Damage to the upper surface of the teeth requires a dental inlay. The restoration material will be bonded within the tooth surface.
- Damage that includes surface structure as well as to one or more cusps of the teeth requires a dental onlay. The restoration may even cover the entire biting surface.
Both processes are essentially the same and require two visits to our office. During the first visit, we will prepare the damaged tooth by removing all decay and make a mold so a custom porcelain dental inlay or dental onlay can be manufactured to the proper specifications by our master dental lab technician. The porcelain can be matched to your existing smile, so it integrates impeccably with your smile.
It will take approximately two weeks for your porcelain dental inlay or dental onlay to be created. A temporary dental inlay or onlay will be attached to your prepared tooth to use during the interim.
When we have received your lab-fabricated, precision fit, porcelain dental restoration, you will return to the office so we can thoroughly check the dental inlay or onlay for precise fit, comfort and function. When we are satisfied, the permanent restoration will be securely bonded to the tooth, adjusted for proper bite and polished.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL INLAYS AND DENTAL ONLAYS
There are many reasons why porcelain dental inlays and dental onlays have become such a popular dental restorative method:
- Damaged or decayed teeth are significantly strengthened
- Porcelain materials can be color-matched to your smile, making them virtually invisible
- There is no expansion or contraction of the porcelain material, which can lead to tooth fractures
- More of your natural tooth is preserved during the process, as less tooth removal is necessary for the procedure
- They are durable and long-lasting
If you have additional questions about porcelain dental inlays and dental onlays and would like to discuss your situation with an experienced and caring cosmetic dentist, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics in Tysons Corner, Virginia today to schedule a thorough dentistry consultation.