Learn about Gold and Porcelain Onlays used to restore a damaged tooth in cosmetic dentistry.
Porcelain materials are very strong materials that have been created for fabricating crowns, veneers and inlays in modern dentistry. The previous generation of metal restorations ( including gold alloys ) would require aggressive reduction of the tooth to allow enough thickness material to provide strength and retention.
Inlays and Onlays longevity. Inlays and Onlays have been used as indirect fillings and offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting solution to tooth decay. Inlays and Onlays are not likely to discolor over time as tooth-colored resin fillings often do. Inlays and Onlays preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas, to ensure functional longevity.
Gold and Porcelain Onlays. Dr. Kopel explains how dentists restore a damaged tooth using inlays and onlays. Today dentists use porcelain instead of gold because porcelain onlays rely only on bond strength.