Inlays/Onlays in Hampton and Fairfield VIC
Dental inlays and onlays are used for teeth that have been impacted by fractures or decay when the damage is too severe to be corrected by a filling, but not severe enough that a full coverage crown is necessary.
Inlays and onlays are commonly referred to as “three-quarter crowns.” That is, they function like a crown while only covering up to ¾’s of the tooth’s surface. By choosing this method of tooth restoration, we can maximise the amount of healthy tooth structure that is still present.
The treatment process involves two appointments. At the first appointment we will remove all damaged tooth surfaces and then take an impression of the tooth before covering it with a temporary restoration. This impression is then sent off to our lab, which creates a customised restoration for that specific tooth. Within two weeks the permanent inlay or onlay is ready, and the patient returns to have the tooth cleaned and the inlay/onlay permanently bonded in place.
Porcelain and Gold Restorations
We offer both gold and porcelain inlays and onlays. Porcelain obviously allows more aesthetic benefits, making it useful for restoring teeth that are visible when smiling, laughing or talking. Gold is useful on back teeth that are not visible, due to gold’s ability to withstand major chewing forces over time.
If you have been told that your tooth needs a crown, consider getting a second opinion at Sparkle Dental Care in Melbourne. Call us to learn more about whether or not a dental inlay or onlay is the right choice for your smile.