The inlays and onlays that we utilize are made of porcelain so your restoration will look realistic and feel natural. Dental inlays and onlays are designed to repair teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of dental decay or structural damage that is not severe enough to necessitate a dental crown. Because the restoration is created completely from porcelain, which is a tooth-colored material, Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer can replace a patient’s existing metal dental fillings for a more desirable, natural-looking appearance.
Why Dental Inlays and Onlays?
If you have decayed or broken teeth, then it is always best to restore them with the most minimally invasive procedure available. Dental fillings are a good choice because they are small and easy to place, but unfortunately, fillings cannot repair large areas of tissue damage and decay. Dental crowns can repair more severely damaged teeth, but they often require a lot of tooth tissue removal, which is not very good for your dental health.
If you have a damaged or decayed section of a tooth that is too large for a filling but not large enough to require a crown, then dental inlays and onlays may be the best restorative option. Inlays and onlays are also known as partial crowns because they are custom made to only restore the damaged portions of teeth rather than the entire visible surfaces. This means that there is more of your natural tooth structure remaining, which is healthier for you.
Dental Inlays vs. Dental Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are very similar restorations. The only differences between them are size and the areas of the tooth they restore. Inlays are used if the decay is smaller and does not reach the cusp of the tooth (the pointed part) while onlays are used to restore one or more tooth cusps. Our dentists will determine which restoration is best for your smile.
Contact Our Office
We can renew your dental health at Lexington Heights Dental by creating and placing the restorations your smile needs to remain strong and beautiful. Call our office today if you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental inlays and onlays in Cedar Hills, Utah. We are happy to also welcome patients from throughout the nearby areas, including Lehi, Alpine, Highland and American Fork, Utah,