Dr. Reese takes advantage of the advanced ceramics and adhesives developed by modern dental engineering. These new dental technologies allow the use of small onlays that work more like your own teeth than the large porcelain crowns that are sometimes required, but can cause your teeth to eventually crack and leak, allowing bacteria inside your tooth. Biomimetic dentistry using onlays locks out the bacteria, for safer, more durable dental work. Biomimetic dentistry is dentistry which “mimics” nature by restoring teeth to as close as they were originally. Teeth are restored conservatively with materials and techniques that mimic what nature intended, avoiding root canal and loss of teeth issues.
Inlays/Onlays for Cavity Fillings
Larger cavities may require an inlay, onlay, or a crown. A white porcelain inlay or onlay is used when the cavity is too big for a white resin filling, but isn’t so big that a crown is required. An inlay is a filling within the cusp tips of the tooth. Onlays (also known as overlays) will overlay one or more cusps in order to protect and strengthen the tooth.
Onlays for Broken/Chipped Tooth
A very small chip may be corrected by enamel shaping. If the chip is a slightly larger, the best options may be bonding or a veneer. If the chip is on a molar, an onlay may be appropriate. Large chips and fractured teeth generally require a crown. Are you in need of emergency dental care in Indianapolis?