When it comes to restorative dentistry, the cavity or lost tooth structure is often too large to be repaired with a simple filling. Many dentists are using an improved upon variation of traditional treatment, such as inlay and onlay restorations. By simply covering specific proportions of teeth, inlays and onlays help dentists rebuild teeth, conservatively, without the full coverage of a crown.
Sometime called indirect fillings, inlays and onlays consist of durable materials such as gold, porcelain, or composite resin. Generally, inlays are treatment in the "center" or indented part of the tooth, while onlays serve as replacements for the tooth's cusp, or outer edges.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays preserve damaged teeth. Unlike traditional treatments that remove much of the tooth's natural structure, inlays and onlays require very little of the original tooth to be removed.
Made of tooth-colored materials, inlays and onlays are undetectable restorations. Patients can smile with confidence, knowing that their smile is natural looking.
Unlike metal amalgam fillings, inlays and onlays do not swell or contract, in response to temperature changes. Bonded to the tooth's surface, there is little chance of bacteria entering in and forming cavities.
Not only can inlays and onlays reduce tooth sensitivity, they strengthen teeth. Materials used are stronger than those used in traditional fillings and crowns.
A fabricated shape to fit your teeth, inlays and onlays make it easier to clean your teeth, resulting in better hygiene.
Is an Inlay or Onlay Restoration for Me?
For the most part, if you are a candidate for a traditional filling, you are a candidate for inlay or onlay treatment. Yet, only a dental professional can determine if this type of restoration is best.
At DeSoto Dental, your smile is important to us. That's why we're committed to helping you make the best decision about your restoration. Call us today!
Posted on behalf of DeSoto Dental