Miami and Coral Gables, Florida
If you need a filling or want to have your old filling replaced, receiving a porcelain inlay or onlay from the team of oral health professionals at Miami Designer Smiles may be the best restoration for you. Porcelain inlays/onlays are restorations that strengthen your teeth and protect them from further damage. If you have never tried cosmetic dentistry, replacing old fillings with inlays or onlays made of beautiful, functional dental porcelain is a great way to get started on the road to improving the appearance of your smile.
Porcelain Inlays vs. Composite Fillings
Our Miami cosmetic dentists, Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia, generally recommend tooth-colored fillings when your cavity is small to moderate in size. However, for large cavities that leave your tooth with very little healthy tissue, porcelain inlays and onlays provide you with a more effective restoration.
Porcelain inlays/onlays are created and hardened in a lab. They are very durable and strengthen your remaining tooth structure when they are bonded into your tooth. A composite resin filling is sculpted right inside of your tooth.
Because your inlay or onlay is created in a lab, it requires two office visits. When recommended by our doctors, our patients feel that porcelain inlays/onlays are worth the extra appointment to our Miami office.
The Difference between Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays are made from the same materials and with the same lab process. The real difference between them is size. A porcelain inlay will treat the same problems as a composite resin filling. They are small and fit between the cusps of your tooth.
Porcelain onlays are larger. They cover one or more cusps of a tooth. An onlay is used when the area of decay or damage is too large for a filling but not so large that a dental crown is required.
The Benefits of Porcelain Inlay/Onlays
Inlay/onlays not only restore a damaged tooth, they strengthen it. In most cases, a porcelain inlay/onlay allows a restored tooth to bear 50 to 70 percent more chewing force.
Inlay/onlays are less expensive than replacing the entire exterior of a tooth with a crown. Also, compared to crowns, having an inlay/onlay placed on your tooth is a less intrusive procedure that is completed in less time, and preserves a higher quantity of the natural structure of your tooth.
What Can I Expect During the Installation of a Porcelain Inlay or Onlay?
At your first visit, our Miami cosmetic dentists will prepare your tooth and create an impression of the prepared tooth that will be sent to a dental laboratory. Once there, a highly trained dental lab technician will make your custom-made restoration. A temporary filling will be placed in your tooth while you wait for the final restoration. When you return for your second visit, the inlay or onlay will be bonded onto the tooth.
Porcelain Restorations in Miami
To learn more, please contact our Miami cosmetic dentists today or call (305) 595-4616 to schedule your initial appointment.
Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.