Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
When a tooth becomes decayed, the most common treatment is a tooth-colored filling. When decay is more extensive, a crown can be used to save the tooth and restore its structure. But what about cases where there’s too much decay for a filling but not enough for a crown? That’s where dentists like Dr. Lucas of Naples, FL will offer inlays and onlays.
These effective restorative services are designed to help teeth badly damaged by decay or wear. Each one is designed to help a slightly different part of the tooth, though. Porcelain inlays are used when just the chewing surface of a tooth is in need of repair. Porcelain onlays, on the other hand, are referred to as partial crowns. That’ because they’re reserved for cases that require more coverage than an inlay can provide.
Porcelain inlays and onlays offer many advantages over traditional fillings. For one thing, they’re durable and can, with proper care and maintenance, can last for many years. What’s more, because they’re made of porcelain, they can be matched to your natural tooth color, making them virtually undetectable.
Do you have teeth that are worn or have significant decay? Dr. Lucas is always ready to help his patients from Naples and beyond. Contact our Naples, FL office to schedule an appointment or consultation.