If you have suffered minor damage to a tooth, a white composite filling can restore strength and structure without disturbing the aesthetic of your smile. However, patients with bigger chips and cracks in their teeth might need more comprehensive treatment with dental inlays and onlays.
To hear more about how inlays and onlays can help restore your smile, please call Warr Dental today at 801-355-5385 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Dr. Keith Warr serves patients throughout the Salt Lake City area, including Draper, West Valley City and other nearby communities.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays cover a larger area than dental fillings to restore the surface of teeth damaged by injury or decay. Onlays cover even more space, repairing the chewing surface and one or more cusps of the tooth. Think of onlays as a partial dental crown.
If the damage to your tooth requires more work than a filling but isn’t extensive enough to merit a complete crown, an inlay or onlay might be right for you. Dr. Warr will evaluate the damage to your tooth and make a suitable recommendation for restoring your smile while retaining your natural look.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Dr. Warr provides lab-fabricated inlays and onlays to patients in and around Salt Lake City. The restorations are made from pressed porcelain, the preferred material for repairing damaged teeth so that they look and feel lifelike.
Key advantages of pressed porcelain inlays and onlays include:
- Natural appearance augments your smile
- Strength and durability (pressed porcelain is even stronger than the sturdy composite material we use in tooth colored fillings)
- Metal-free design is good for the aesthetic of your teeth and overall health
- Most people can’t tell the difference between inlays and onlays and the surface of actual teeth
If you’ve had metal fillings for 10 to 15 years, those restorations are near the end of their lifespan. Over time, fillings can expand and contract with temperature changes inside the mouth, making a damaged tooth even more unstable.
Dr. Warr can replace metal restorations with more modern alternatives made from tooth colored materials. With proper care, a white inlay or onlay can provide optimal protection against decay or breakage without giving you “metal mouth.”
To learn more about dental inlays and onlays, please contact Warr Dental by calling 801-355-5385 today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Warr. Our office has been proudly serving Salt Lake City for over 50 years.