There are times when damage or decay to a tooth requires more than a tooth-colored filling to restore it to health. In those instances, we may use a porcelain inlay, onlay or crown.
An inlay is a restoration that is used to repair damage inside the cusp of a tooth. An onlay is a larger restoration that is placed inside the cusp of the tooth and extends over one or more sides of the tooth. A crown covers the entire tooth.
Inlays, onlays and crowns are tooth-colored and are undetectable in your smile. They also increase tooth strength up to 75% and can last from 10 to 30 years.
I was born with seriously discolored teeth. About 20 years ago, I had the front four upper teeth veneered, but they need to be redone, as did all my teeth. When my lifelong dentist retired, I sought recommendations and often heard of these guys, so I decided to try them. Dr. Patel suggested veneers on my upper teeth only as my lowers weren’t really visible when I smiled. Of course, I can always do the lowers later, but this let me try it and save money at the same time. I had three long visits – one to get molds and shapes, one for the temporaries, and one for the veneers. The staff was great at making it comfortable and explained all the steps. They answered every question! I can’t say the process was exactly fun, but it was certainly worth the mild discomfort. If you have been thinking about changing your smile, don’t wait as long as I did. Don’t be afraid. Just do it! Dr. Patel and all the staff are very reassuring and helpful – from how to pay, through the follow-up care – everyone is incredibly nice. My whole family has been coming for years. In fact, my full-grown kids still get their teeth cleaned here when they are back in town.