TOOTH COLORED RESTORATION
At Innovative Dental and Orthodontics we can restore a tooth with a minimally invasive procedure known as an Inlay, Onlay or Filling.
Dental fillings are the most common variety of dental restorations. Fillings are made from an assortment of materials. The kind of filling you need depends on the condition of your tooth. We can implement a procedure called a white filling, onlay, or inlay. If your teeth require fillings, this kind of treatment is minimally invasive. It is also effective at creating a natural appearance for filled teeth.
TYPES OF TOOTH COLORED RESTORATIONS: INLAYS / ONLAYS / WHITE FILLINGS
Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings. These dental restorations are primarily used for teeth with mild to moderate decay. Indirect fillings are made from durable porcelain material. This means that they last much longer than traditional silver fillings.
Conventional fillings are known as amalgam fillings. White fillings are often called composite fillings. This is because they are often made from composite resin.
Once a white filling is completed, it is bonded to the tooth. An indirect filling can be a more affordable option than a crown. This kind of filling involves much less time and work than a crown. If you need a dental crown, you might get a white filling instead.
HERE ARE THE SIMPLIFIED DESCRIPTION OF THE THREE TREATMENTS:
A porcelain onlay covers the top of the tooth. This helps to develop its shape.
Like an inlay, a white filling fills a hole in the tooth. Instead of porcelain, a composite resin is used. While this material is not as strong as porcelain, it is still durable.
1. Porcelain Inlay fills a hole inside the tooth.
2. Porcelain Onlay sits on top of the tooth, covering it, to build up its shape.
3. Composite (White) Filling like an inlay, it fills the hole inside the tooth. The difference is in the material we use to fill the hole. Although durable, it is not as strong as porcelain.
TREATMENT: WHAT TOOTH COLORED RESTORATIONS INVOLVE
Treatment involves isolatating the tooth and removing any old fillings or damaged tooth structured under local anesthesia.
The hole in a tooth is filled with a composite resin. After it cures, we bond the resin to the tooth. We make the necessary adjustments to ensure comfort.
Inlay / Onlay
First, an impression is made of the affected tooth. Then, an onlay or inlay is made from porcelain. This might be done in a lab or on the premises. Once the inlay or onlay is ready, we place it in or on the tooth. It will bond securely in its place. We may need to make adjustments for optimal comfort.
BENEFITS OF WHITE FILLINGS, INLAYS, AND ONLAYS
When we are treating dental decay, these options are helpful. They can combat tooth sensitivity, and they may prevent tooth loss. Additional benefits are:
- Virtually invisible!
- Less chance of fracture!
- Preserve more of the natural tooth
- White fillings last much longer than amalgam fillings!
- Healthier, more natural appearance!
- Porcelain inlays and onlays can endure for up to 30 years!
- Save decaying teeth and prevent further problems from occurring!
DR. AMIT KAMAT: THE BEST PERSON FOR YOUR DENTAL WORK
Dr. Amit Kamat is a prosthodontist, meaning he has specialized training. One percent of dentists have undergone this kind of training. Dr. Kamat has had three years of advanced education in:
- cosmetic dentistry
- rehabilitation of the entire mouth
Dr. Amit Kamat, Prosthodontist and Dr. Sejal Kamat, Orthodontist, work as a unique team. Since both our doctors are dental specialists, they will provide you with optimal treatment solutions.
Do not allow decaying teeth to worsen. Our team will help you to determine the best way to treat this issue.
Talk to your dentist about getting white fillings, onlays, or inlays. These durable dental options make solid alternatives to other dental treatments. If some of your teeth have moderate decay, we can help. Tooth colored restorations are long-lasting and relatively affordable.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to get an opinion on your need for an inlay, onlay or filling.
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