Crowns inlays and onlays

These indirect composite restoration can be an excellent choice for our patients when indicated. For optimal success, Dr Pastorino has chosen a laboratory that creates the restoration with aesthetic and functional excellence. The Ceramist and Dr Pastorino work as a team combining many years of knowledge and experience. Treatment plans reflect each individual patient’s varying aesthetic desires and functional needs.

Because there is no ideal “one-fits-all restorative system” that can be successfully applied to every clinical situation, Dr Pastorino selects the appropriate materials and techniques for each patient after a thorough exam, diagnosis, and co-discovery process.

Indirect Restorative Dental Materials (Two or more visits)

Sometimes the best dental treatment for a tooth is to use a restoration that is made in a laboratory from a mould. These custom-made restorations, which require two or more visits, can be crowns, inlays or onlays. A crown covers the entire chewing surface and sides of the tooth. An inlay is smaller and fits within the contours of the tooth. An onlay is similar to an inlay, but it is larger and covers some or all chewing surfaces of the tooth.

All-Porcelain (Ceramic) Dental Materials

All-porcelain (ceramic) dental materials include porcelain, ceramic or glasslike fillings and crowns. They are used as inlays, onlays, crowns and aesthetic veneers. A veneer is a very thin shell of porcelain that can replace or cover part of the enamel of the tooth. All-porcelain (ceramic) restorations are particularly desirable because their color and translucency mimic natural tooth enamel.

All-porcelain restorations require a minimum of two visits.

There are several benefits of inlays and onlays that are often the deciding factor in choosing them over traditional dental fillings:

  • They provide a superior fit by preserving as much healthy tooth as possible
  • They are not likely to discolor over time
  • They preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure and restore decayed and damaged areas.
  •  They are less invasive than full coverage restorative alternatives such as crowns
  •  They are better at sealing teeth to keep out bacteria
  •  They are extremely stable for the treatment of decay and can actually strengthen a damaged tooth

Biomimetic – Ultra Conservative Treatment Options

New adhesive techniques and novel porcelain veneer designs have allowed for selection of an approach that conserves the maximum amount of your remaining healthy tooth tissue.

The concept is based on “Biomimetics” which provides the ability to restore the biomechanical, structural and esthetic integrity of teeth.  More sound tooth substance is preserved, tooth vitality is maintained and treatment is less expensive than traditional and more invasive old style treatments.