In the 1960s and 1970s, dental fillings and crowns were predominantly made of silver amalgam and gold, respectively. While these materials served their purpose, their esthetic drawbacks and expansion issues led to the development of Cosmetic Dentistry, revolutionizing dental care. This marked the emergence of porcelain inlays and onlays, ushering in a new era of modern dentistry at Metro Decatur Dental Group.
Materials preceding porcelain inlays and onlays included silver amalgam, a compound of silver and mercury used for cavity fillings, and gold crowns, known for their longevity but expensive nature. Composite resins were later introduced as tooth-colored fillings, offering convenience and affordability but proving less durable for multiple missing teeth.
Porcelain inlays and onlays, however, emerged as single-tooth restorations, boasting exceptional esthetics that beautifully matched the natural tooth color. These restorations exhibited precise fits and excellent contact points, lasting 50% longer than composite resins. A significant advantage of inlays and onlays over crowns was the preservation of original tooth structure, avoiding the need for extensive tooth preparation.
At Metro Decatur Dental Group, we understand the differences and similarities between inlays and onlays. Inlays, confined to the interior of the tooth, addressed smaller defects, while onlays, extending to the cusps of the tooth, were ideal for larger defects. While composite resins served well for minor to medium defects, onlays remained a preferred restoration choice, allowing us to conserve more natural tooth structure.
For teeth extensively damaged beyond the scope of onlays, we offer a range of potential treatments, including root canal therapy, core build-ups, crowns, extractions, and implant restorations. At Metro Decatur Dental Group, our century-long commitment to patient care and expertise in various dental specialties ensures that we provide tailored treatments, preempting disease and solving dental problems effectively.
Experience exceptional dental care tailored to your unique needs at Metro Decatur Dental Group. Whether you require inlays, onlays, crowns, or routine checkups and cleanings, our team of experts will leave you with a healthy, radiant smile. Call us today at (404) 292-3133 to schedule an appointment.