Inlays, Onlays and Crowns

The choice between inlays, onlays, or crowns depends on the extent of tooth damage and your dentist’s recommendation after a thorough examination.

These restorative treatments aim to preserve the tooth’s functionality and appearance while addressing dental issues.

What aRe Inlays, Onlays & CRoWns

Inlays

Inlays are custom-made fillings used to repair moderately damaged or decayed teeth. They are typically crafted from materials like porcelain, composite resin, or gold and are cemented into the prepared tooth. Inlays are designed to fit within the grooves (cusps) of a tooth.

Onlays

Onlays, also known as partial crowns, are similar to inlays but cover a larger portion of the tooth. They are used when the tooth has more extensive damage, such as when the decay or damage extends to one or more cusps of the tooth. Onlays are also custom-made and provide a stronger restoration than a simple filling.

Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that cover the entire visible portion of a damaged or weakened tooth. They are used when a tooth is severely damaged, cracked, or has undergone root canal treatment. Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, metal alloys, or a combination of both, and they provide strength and protection to the tooth.

POSITIVES OF PORCELAIN RESTORATIONS

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Natural Appearance

Porcelain closely mimics the appearance of natural teeth. It can be color-matched to your existing teeth, making it virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding dentition.

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Durability

Porcelain restorations are highly durable and can last for many years with proper care. They can withstand normal biting and chewing forces.

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Stain Resistance

Porcelain is resistant to staining from common food and beverages, helping to maintain the restoration's colour and appearance over time.

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Conservative Approach

Porcelain restorations often require less removal of natural tooth structure compared to some other materials, allowing for a more conservative and minimally invasive treatment.

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Gum Tolerance

Porcelain is gentle on the gum tissues and is less likely to irritate or inflame the gums.

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Longevity

When well-maintained, porcelain restorations can provide long-lasting results, contributing to the overall health and functionality of your teeth.

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Easy Maintenance

Porcelain restorations are easy to care for. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are usually sufficient to maintain their appearance and integrity.

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