A San Antonio, TX dental practice offers inlays and onlays

When it comes to restorative dentistry, conservation of as much natural tooth structure as possible is key to maintaining the strength and durability of a tooth. With this in mind, patients who have significant areas of tooth decay may find themselves in a situation where they need a more substantial restoration than a traditional dental filling. Dr. Philip Miner of San Antonio, TX, often finds that patients with areas of decay more extensive than areas best filled with fillings may benefit from ceramic inlays and onlays.

What are dental inlays and onlays?

The team of Miner Dental can evaluate a patient’s tooth to determine if dental restorations such as fillings or inlays and onlays are best. If a filling does not restore the tooth fully, it may be reconsidered for ceramic inlays and onlays. These are porcelain restorations that fit on or in the tooth to repair it and restore its health and functionality. Inlays and onlays provide a conservative way to restore a tooth while maintaining a natural-looking appearance. Many patients find inlays and onlays to be the answer to their unique situation.

Why choose ceramic inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays have many benefits for patients to consider. They are:

  • Conservative
  • Strong
  • Durable
  • Natural-looking
  • Affordable
  • Long-lasting

How is a tooth prepared for an inlay or onlay?

First, Dr. Philip Miner will address the area of decay. That is done by removing the cavity and cleaning and disinfecting the remaining tooth. Then, digital impressions are taken of the prepared area to create a 3D digital image converted to the CAD/CAM computer software. The information is used to create a dental restoration with the CEREC device while patients wait, and then the final repair is bonded in place. Patients are given aftercare instructions to help them maintain the inlay or onlay as long as possible; often, it’s several years before you may require a replacement.

Call Dr. Philip Miner of San Antonio, TX today to discuss inlays and onlays

If you reside in the community and are interested in learning more about ceramic inlays and onlays for teeth, we encourage you to book a consultation appointment at the office by calling (210) 934-5265 to request time with the team at 1100 NW Loop 410, Ste. #825.