For anyone who has a smile ruined by chipped or gapped teeth, or even unsightly stains, and is looking to get back to that bright, white, natural looking smile they always wanted, then a solution may be porcelain inlays and onlays.
Made from a porcelain composite material and made in a lab to fit perfectly over your existing teeth, porcelain inlays and onlays are an almost invisible repair once fitted and provide you with a natural looking, bright and healthy smile that is both hard wearing and easy to maintain.
Inlays are used inside the cusp of the tooth, and are similar to a filling, onlays are similar, but extend out over one or more or the cusps of the tooth being repaired. Dr. Karen Kang offers this service as a method of retaining the natural teeth as much as possible at her Midtown Manhattan dentist practice and provides a comfortable and relaxing environment that ensures patient anxiety is kept to a minimum.
The process involves taking an impression of the affected tooth or teeth to ensure that the onlays created by the lab match your teeth perfectly, and once created these are then bonded to the tooth. Finally the onlay is polished to match the surrounding teeth for a natural looking finish.
Because the onlays are bonded directly to the existing tooth using high strength resins, they increase the strength of the tooth they are bonded to, often by up to 75%, in comparison to traditional fillings, which can weaken the tooth by up to 50%. This is one of the reasons that porcelain inlays and onlays are so long lasting, with lifespans of up to 30 years possible in some cases.
With increased tooth strength, natural looking finishes and the ability to retain as much of the original tooth as possible, porcelain inlays and onlays fitted at Dr. Karen Kang’s Midtown Manhattan dentist practice offer a fantastic way to repair unsightly or damaged teeth to ensure you retain that health, natural looking smile.