Dental Fillings - Why choose Ceramic Fillings over Regular Ones?

When we talk about restoring badly worn down or chipped teeth, the first thing that comes to mind is dental fillings. Most of us are aware of the tooth coloured composite fillings which are perhaps being most commonly used by dentists throughout the world for restoring damaged teeth. However, did you also know that there is another type of dental fillings available which are even stronger, naturally appearing and more durable than the conventional composite fillings? Yes, these are the indirect fillings, the inlays, and onlays.

What are Direct and Indirect Fillings?

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However, before we discuss why inlays and Onlays are better than conventional filings, we must first understand the difference between the direct and indirect fillings.

Indirect restorations include inlays, onlays, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Among them, inlays and onlays can also be used as fillings, and the advantage is that they are stronger and last longer than direct fillings.

What are Inlays?

Inlays are indirect restorations that are used for the restoration of grossly damaged or fractured teeth that cannot be restored with direct filling materials, but at the same time, they are not extensive enough to require a crown. Inlays are used in cases where the damage has not progressed into the cusps, which are the protuberances that are present on the biting surfaces of teeth.

Although numerous types of materials can be used for preparing ceramic inlays, at Dental Designs Clinic, we use high-quality materials that have been approved by European and American standards. Instead of leaving it to an external laboratory, we prepare inlays in our clinic by using the state of the art CEREC system. As such, we ensure that you will not only get a naturally beautiful and attractive smile, but they will also be functional, restoring your ability to chew and speak properly.

How are Ceramic Fillings Prepared with the CEREC System?

CEREC System

Here’s how we will give a beautiful smile with ceramic and hybrid ceramic inlays with the CEREC system:

Why we use the CEREC system for Preparing Ceramic Inlays?

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You might now be wondering why we prefer digital inlays over conventional ones. So, here are a few reasons why CEREC inlays are better than direct fillings and conventional inlays.

While ceramic fillings are an excellent choice for restoring damaged teeth, but they can never be as strong and durable as your teeth. Therefore, the best filling is undoubtedly no filling at all! However, if you still need to get one of your teeth replaced, then ceramic inlays prepared with the CEREC system should be your first choice.

So, are you ready for enjoying a naturally pleasant and beautiful smile? Then book an appointment with our dentists today and let us take care of the rest.


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