INLAYS/ONLAYS/Veneers in Boston
Fractures or cracking teeth may occur from excessive teeth grinding or old amalgam fillings. Over time, amalgam fillings tend to expand causing the tooth structure to weaken. If the damage is minimal, your dentist may recommend a more secure restoration rather than a replacement filling, such as an inlay or onlay. You may be thinking, why not a crown? These inlay or onlay options offer a more conservative preparation to preserve your healthy tooth structure.
What is the difference between an Inlay and Onlay?
An onlay, better known as a “partial crown”, is a larger restoration, and closely resembles your natural tooth structure covering the chewing surface, the cusps, and in many cases, the sides of the tooth. An inlay resembles a filling and fits into the chewing surface as well as the cusps. The restorations are bonded to the tooth and are constructed using only the strongest porcelain materials.
If your teeth are misshapen, misaligned, discolored, or have uneven spacing you may be a candidate for Ceramic Veneers. Unlike crowns Veneers are meant to correct the aesthetics of your smile covering only the facial surface of the teeth creating a glamourous smile.
What is the difference between Composite Bonding and Veneers?
Composite bonding is a resin-based material used to sculpt and design a new tooth structure. The problem with this material is overtime it can become stained and breakdown easily. Porcelain Veneers are made with the highest-grade material that does not stain and reflects light to showcase a flawless natural smile.
How do I know if I am a candidate for Ceramic Veneers?
During your consultation, we will perform a series of digital x-rays, and photograph your smile and facial structure to determine if Veneers are the best option for you. Potential risks will be addressed as well as alternate treatment options to ensure you choose the best option for your smile.
What is the process?
The preparation is virtually pain free once a local anesthetic is administered. The dentist will gently buff your tooth structure to prepare the surface and an impression will be taken to create dental models. These models will result in a life template of the transformation of your smile with permanent veneers. Temporary lab-made veneers will be placed until finalization of the permanent veneers. Once the permanent veneers are complete, we will bond them to your tooth structure leaving you with a glamorous smile.
Our Boston dentists have an eye for artistry and thrive when restoring unwanted, stained, or broken down fillings. Using the highest quality composite materials to sculpt and mimic verging teeth, your results will be undetectable and look alive!
What to expect during your visit
Composite fillings are typically placed in one visit. The dentist will gently administer a local anesthetic to numb and desensitize the tooth to thoroughly clean out the bacteria and decay. Next a bonding agent will be applied, and a composite resin material will be place into the healthy tooth structure and sculpted to the anatomy of your tooth. Lastly a light it used to harden and bond the material creating an unrecognizable restoration.
Special aftercare instructions
Following your visit you should expect to be numb for atleast 2 hours. Eating and drinking are possible but hot liquids are not recommended and you should use caution not to bite your cheek when chewing. Sensitivity to the filling is a normal reaction for the first few weeks as the tooth is adjusting to its new function. In some cases, an adjustment may be required to your bite if you are feeling sharp edges or uneven when chewing.
How long will a Composite filling last?
Composite fillings should be cared for in the same manner as your natural teeth when it comes to brushing and flossing. Over time staining is a possibility if your diet includes coffee or tea, red wine, and soda. If you currently wear a night guard or are an aggressive clencher and grinder it is recommended you continue to wear your appliance to protect the restoration. Unfortunately, there is no expiration date when it comes to composite fillings but they can last many years if cared for properly depending on your oral habits.
Boston Dental offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic dental services, contact us to schedule an appointment or consultation at one of our Dental Centers in Boston.