At the Lawrenceville dental practice of Dr. Carter, we use beautiful and durable porcelain materials to create your restorations including inlays, onlays, crowns, and bridges.
A filling can restore a small defect in a tooth, but a crown is the most durable, strongest way to restore a tooth with extensive damage, front or back, for the long term. With all the modern materials and techniques available, Dr. Carter uses natural-looking crowns to restore broken, damaged, discolored, and weakened teeth. Crowns can also correct bite problems, close spaces between teeth, and change the angulations of teeth. They can also replace missing teeth as part of a bridge or over a dental implant.
You have a big filling that needs replacement. Do you have to get a full crown? Not necessarily. As a more conservative option, inlays and onlays fit into a tooth similar to a filling, yet they are milled restorations, much like a crown. At the Lawrenceville dental practice of Dr. Carter, we use porcelain inlays and onlays to fix certain issues.
The bumps on top of a tooth are called cusps. Porcelain inlays fit between cusps, while onlays fit over one or more cusps. Inlays and onlays allow our Lawrenceville patients to retain more natural tooth structure, which is always best for your oral health.
Not every situation is right for an inlay or onlay, but Dr. Carter will assess your situation and determine the best porcelain restoration for you. Since they are created in a lab, inlays and onlays require two appointments at our Lawrenceville dental office. At the first visit, we will prepare your tooth by removing decay or an old filling and cleaning the area. We will take a dental impression and send it to our dental lab for the technician to create a custom inlay or onlay.
At your second visit Dr. Carter will permanently cement your final inlay or onlay into position. After polishing and modifying the restoration as necessary to ensure proper bite alignment, you will enjoy a stronger, healthier smile for years to come.
Gwinnett County, Atlanta, Duluth, Suwanee, and surrounding areas can rely on Dr. Carter for quality porcelain restorations. We invite you to make an appointment today!