Porcelain Onlays in Jupiter, FL
Having severe tooth decay on the chewing surface of your tooth presents a unique challenge for treatment. At Smiles Dentistry in Jupiter, Florida, led by Sharada Kacham, DDS, we offer porcelain onlays to repair this type of damage. Thus, men and women in West Palm Beach and the surrounding communities in Palm Beach County have a long-term solution for their tooth decay problems.
What are Porcelain Onlays?
Porcelain onlays and inlays are a type of indirect filling that repair tooth decay on the chewing surface of your tooth. If you have a small amount of tooth decay on the cusp or chewing surface, Dr. Kacham may recommend a porcelain inlay. The onlay, on the other hand, is designed for patients who have tooth decay on several cusps of the tooth or a significant portion of the chewing surface. These problems cannot be effectively treated with dental fillings or crowns.
Porcelain Onlays Benefits and Treatment Options
Dental onlays can be created with a variety of materials, such as the silver amalgam that is used for traditional fillings. Patients who need onlays often want the repair to be hidden, so we recommend porcelain onlays. The material of the onlay matches the color of your natural tooth, so people are unable to notice it.
Why are Porcelain Onlays Necessary?
Porcelain onlays are a cosmetic option for repairing tooth decay on a larger portion of the tooth. Amalgam and other materials are visible on the tooth, but porcelain is colored to match the natural tooth color.
What is the Procedure for Porcelain Onlays?
Two appointments are needed for your porcelain onlay. During the first appointment, Dr. Kacham will make a mold of the tooth. The mold is sent to a lab where the onlay is formed from porcelain material. When we receive the onlay from the lab, we will contact you to schedule a second appointment. At that appointment, the onlay is fitted to the tooth and applied using a special adhesive.
Preparing for Porcelain Onlays
Porcelain onlays do not require any special preparation. We recommend that you review your dental coverage to find out if porcelain onlays are covered.
Recovery from Porcelain Onlays
Your porcelain onlay is designed to remain on your teeth for many years to come. You should brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from developing in other areas.
How Much Do Porcelain Onlays Cost in Jupiter?
Porcelain onlays are considered cosmetic by your dental insurance, so you may be responsible for more of the cost compared to other types of onlays. After your consultation, we review your coverage to determine your out-of-pocket costs. Payment for your portion can be made by cash, personal check, or credit card. If you are interested in dental financing for your porcelain onlay and other treatments, we recommend that you apply with CareCredit®.
Are Porcelain Onlays Right for Me?
If you have a significant amount of tooth decay and would like the repair to be as inconspicuous as possible, a porcelain onlay might be right for you.
A porcelain onlay is a great way to repair decay on the chewing surface of your tooth. If you live in Palm Beach County, including Jupiter and West Palm Beach, and want to learn more about our porcelain onlays, contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Sharada Kacham, DDS.