Restore your Smile with Inlays and Onlays for Dental Restoration
When patients have cavities or damage to their natural tooth structure, it is essential that they work with their dentist to learn more about the onlay and inlay procedures. Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used by Dr. Spalding Green of Nashville, Tennessee, to restore the smile when damage has occurred. They are more conservative than full dentures but more robust than a typical dental filling.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to place in or on a tooth. They are made of porcelain, a biocompatible material. Patients will have their tooth prepared by the dentist before having impressions taken. A ceramist uses these to fabricate the final inlay or onlay in a dental laboratory. Once patients return to the practice, the dentist can bond the inlay or onlay to the tooth to complete the process. Inlays and onlays will last several years with proper care, including brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation.
Why choose inlays and onlays?
When it comes to dental restorations, Dr. Spalding Green is committed to ensuring that all procedures are as conservative as possible. He will often avoid procedures that might require the removal of a substantial amount of natural tooth structure. Additionally, he uses materials such as porcelain because it can be matched to the patient’s natural tooth color for seamless integration. Inlays and onlays do not require as much tooth structure removal as a dental crown but provide a better tooth structure replacement than traditional composite resin dental fillings. Patients who may be good candidates for inlays and onlays can speak to the Spalding Green Dental Health team about the various options available to them and ask for help in making a knowledgeable and educated decision regarding the restoration most appropriate for their needs.
Schedule an appointment to learn more about inlay and onlay restoration
If you are interested in learning about porcelain inlays and onlays, contact Dr. Spalding Green and his team in Nashville, TN, at (615) 209-9321. The office is conveniently located at 2000 Richard Jones Road, Suite 166, and accepts new patients.