Inlays & Onlays: Helping You Smile With Confidence!
While oral health is and will always be the main priority for dental experts, for many decades, restorations were more about function than aesthetics. Now, thanks to incredible advancements in dentistry and aesthetically-pleasing materials, dentists can provide a stellar visual effect while simultaneously prioritizing your dental health. How do they accomplish this feat? With materials that closely resemble the shade of your natural teeth.
Though “silver” amalgam fillings are both durable and highly effective, they are often a less-than-desirable material for tooth repair due to the fact that many patients feel inhibited or self-conscious when smiling or laughing. They can also cause filled teeth to appear discolored and look more gray than white.
The good news is, replacing worn and/or damaged versions with a composite material that looks like your natural tooth shade may be an option for you. Treatments known as “inlays” and “onlays” may also benefit your smile.
Tooth restorations that utilize composite materials, both inlays and onlays are designed to repair and protect premolars and molars that have been damaged by decay. They consist of one solid, fabricated piece that takes on the exact shape and size of the tooth after decay has been eradicated, and are used when the damage is too large for a filling.
- Inlay – Used specifically on the biting surface between tooth cusps.
- Onlay – Used to cover one or more tooth cusps.
Both of these restorative options require that a mold of your tooth be taken in order for our skilled lab technicians to create a solid piece that will perfectly fit the damaged area. A temporary filling will be added to your tooth while your inlay or onlay is created and, once complete, a return visit to our office will be scheduled to cement your customized restoration in place.
Curious about whether one or both of these options might be right for you? Call us today and we’ll be happy to discuss your unique needs!
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- Enhance your smile confidence
- Repair damaged areas of your tooth with natural-looking materials
- Correct minor dental issues, including chips and cracks
- Increase a damaged tooth’s strength
- Minimize tooth sensitivity to fluctuating temperatures.