A lot of times patients come to us with restorations made out of silver fillings or tooth-colored fillings that are starting to fail and need replacement. Years ago, we would have to do a full coverage crown on these teeth, where we would take the entire tooth, shave it or modify it down to seat the crown. With today's technology, we don't have to do that. We're able to be a lot more conservative, where we can go in and only address the tooth that needs replacement, and we can do this with porcelain inlays and onlays.
One of the benefits of doing this is we not only conserve tooth structure, but we're also able to approach the strength back to the tooth that the tooth had prior to any restoration being done. Another added benefit is it also happens to be tooth-colored, so it's quite lovely.
These porcelain restorations are very much like little puzzle pieces. They simply address the unhealthy tooth structure while gaining strength back to the tooth. This is one of the great tools that we have in our arsenal to be as conservative as we possibly can.