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Porcelain Restorations

Bright smiles are better smiles

Porcelain Dental Inlays and Onlays

Porcelain Restorations

For many years, if you needed a dental restoration, it was made of metal. So, while the restoration fixed what was wrong with your tooth or teeth, it was noticeable in your smile. In many instances, this made people shy away from showing their teeth when smiling, in pictures or at social events to prevent showing off that they had dental work done.

The last few decades have advanced dental restoration technology and materials, so now’s your chance to have that old metal filling, inlay or crown replaced! We offer patients the opportunity to update their smiles with porcelain restorations.

Our cosmetic porcelain restorations include:

  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Tooth-colored resin composite fillings

Not only do these restorations look great, but they also strengthen your teeth to protect them from further damage. If you have never tried cosmetic dentistry, replacing old fillings with tooth-colored porcelain restorations is a great way to start!

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Porcelain restorations allow the patient to function just as if they had a natural tooth.

Updating Your Smile

If you already have metal fillings, failing fillings or discolored fillings, let us restore your smile and make it beautiful again with porcelain restorations.

Please contact our Miami cosmetic dentists today to schedule your initial appointment. Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.


Designing smiles is a very personal and artistic process. Learn more about Ceasar’s treatments and why he chose Miami Designer Smiles to make his dream smile a reality.

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I want to thank Dr. Garcia. Really appreciate everything you've done. You have no idea the magnitude of confidence you've given me and my smile.

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Porcelain Inlays/Onlays vs. Composite Fillings

Miami cosmetic dentists Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia generally recommend tooth-colored fillings when your cavity is small to moderate in size. However, for large cavities that leave your tooth with very little healthy tissue, porcelain inlays and onlays are a better and more effective cosmetic dental restoration option.

Porcelain inlays/onlays are custom-made and hardened in a lab. They are very durable and help strengthen your remaining tooth structure because they bond into your teeth.

As porcelain inlays/onlays are created in a lab, they require two office visits. Most of our patients believe that porcelain restorations such as porcelain inlays/onlays are worth the extra office visit.

Porcelain Inlays vs. Onlays

Porcelain inlays and onlays are made from the same materials and are created with the same lab process, but there are differences between them. The main difference is size.

A porcelain inlay will treat the same small problems as a composite resin filling.

But porcelain onlays are larger and are designed to cover more of the tooth. Porcelain onlays are used when the area of decay or damage is too large for a filling or inlay but not so large that a dental crown is required.

Our Miami cosmetic dentists will prepare your tooth at your first visit and create an impression of it to be sent to the dental laboratory. Once there, a highly trained dental lab technician will make your custom-made restoration. A temporary filling will be placed in your tooth while you wait for the final porcelain restoration.

When you return for your second visit, the inlay or onlay will be bonded onto the tooth. Please contact our Miami cosmetic dentists today to schedule your initial appointment. Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.

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Metal Free Fillings

Replacing Metal Dental Fillings in Miami

Tooth-colored fillings provide you with a safer and more aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal amalgam fillings. Miami cosmetic dentists Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia will match your tooth-colored filling to the shade of your natural teeth, making them virtually invisible and giving you back confidence in your smile.

In addition to their more natural-looking appearance, there are several additional benefits to using tooth-colored fillings instead of metal amalgam fillings. Most importantly, tooth-colored fillings will more effectively preserve your remaining natural tooth structure.

Metal amalgam fillings can expand and contract with the temperature changes in your mouth that accompany normal eating and drinking. Normal tooth structure is not elastic and is not designed to endure these changes in the metal fillings’ shape.

Also, the metal fillings in your tooth are not bonded to your tooth. Over time, this situation may result in tooth fracture. Tooth-colored fillings are made out of a durable composite resin material that does not change in size or shape when exposed to different temperatures.

This material is bonded to your tooth and will withstand moderate chewing pressure. This results in newly restored teeth that are stronger and resistant to fracture.

While these benefits are significant pluses when it comes to your dental health, for many people, the most desirable benefit of replacing existing metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings is the improvement in their smile’s appearance. Even metal fillings way back in your molars can be a dark spot that might be noticed by others when you talk, yawn and laugh. Consider a back tooth makeover that results in prettier, healthier teeth that you can enjoy for a long time.

Your tooth-colored filling will blend in perfectly with your natural teeth so that no one will ever notice it is there.

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings, also called composites or composite fillings, are used to fill small cavities or treat small areas of tooth decay. They are made of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium to provide strong, natural-looking restorations.

Our Miami cosmetic dentists will prepare your tooth by removing any decay and damaged tooth structure. Your tooth is cleaned and prepared with a special adhesive that will bond the tooth-colored composite resin filling in place. Next, they will place the paste-like composite resin into the hole in your tooth, sculpting the paste so that it fits seamlessly. A special light is used to harden the filling.

If you do not have enough healthy tooth left to support a composite filling, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Sanchez-Garcia may recommend a porcelain inlay, onlay or porcelain crown.

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