Tooth Coloured Restorations

​Ceramic restorations are made of porcelain and overcome some of the problems associated with composites.  They are made as ‘indirect’ restorations meaning they are made outside the mouth such as at a dental laboratory or by a CAD/CAM process in the office.  The result is a harder, stronger, more durable restoration that can last 3 to 4 times longer than composites.  Ceramics are exquisitely esthetic and cause minimal to no sensitivity.

Ceramic restorations can be Inlays, Onlays, or Crowns:

Inlay:  An ‘indirect’ restoration that replaces a small filling
Onlay:  An ‘indirect’ restoration that involves a cusp or overlays the side of a tooth
Crown: An ‘indirect’ restoration that surrounds the tooth 360 degrees
Crowns are especially important to strengthen teeth following root canal treatment as these teeth are more likely to fracture.

Ceramics used in dental restorative treatment are the closest thing to a natural and highly esthetic replacement of enamel and can actually strengthen teeth.