Porcelain fillings, often called inlays or onlays, are used for cavities that are too large for a common filling, but not severe enough for a dental crown.
The difference between dental fillings and porcelain fillings
Dental fillings are typically a basic treatment for common cavities. Sometimes, the tooth decay can be more severe and require more than a basic filling in which case, the dentist might recommend an inlay, or porcelain filling. The porcelain filling process is less invasive than a dental crown treatment and is very durable.
Porcelain fillings are used for:
Extensive tooth damage
Difficulty achieving correct contour or contact using standard fillings
Failed direct restorations
Porcelain filling procedure
After the initial consultation, the dentist will determine whether or not you require a porcelain filling. First, the tooth decay is removed from the tool with a dental drill. The dentist will then take an impression of the cavity which is then sent to the laboratory. The laboratory will fabricate a restoration to fit perfectly into your cavity.
During this time, a temporary filling is applied to your tooth. Once the filling is ready, you will be called back for another appointment to get your filling placed.
Benefits of porcelain fillings
There are advantages to having a custom filling created, including:
Less tooth sensitivity
Ability to achieve more natural shape than normal fillings
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