When you have issues with tooth decay, you’re most likely used to getting a dental filling or dental crown. But sometimes there are problems that a filling can’t fix, but doesn’t need a restoration as advanced as a crown. This is where inlays and onlays come in. Dr. Marvin Kaplan, a dentist in Cincinnati, OH, describes what inlays and onlays can take care of.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays fill the gap when a filling can’t take care of the severe tooth decay, but the tooth doesn’t need to be extracted. At our office, we have a conservative approach and want to make sure to keep your natural tooth if possible. The inlays and onlays are made of dental porcelain that’s color-matched to your teeth and blends in seamlessly with your smile.
The dental porcelain that’s used is designed to be durable so you have a long-lasting restoration. Each inlay or onlay is customized to fit your specific case, and the type of problem indicates which treatment you get. They both strengthen the structure of your tooth and make it look more aesthetically pleasing overall. Inlays and onlays adhere perfectly to the shape of the tooth and seal out any future decay from developing.
Inlays are typically used to treat large swaths of decay that occur on the surface of the tooth. It targets the contour of the surface of the tooth. Inlays fit perfectly into the area of the tooth that was damaged, but it doesn’t take care of the cusps of your teeth. A mold is taken to ensure that the inlay can be crafted specially to fit your tooth.
What to Know About Onlays
Onlays are also referred to as a partial crown. They’re used to treat decay in the crevices in the crown of the tooth. This also includes the biting surface you use when chewing something. Similar to fillings, the decay is drilled out and then the area is filled, but in a more extensive way. They make sure the tooth stays sturdy and doesn’t crack when being used, similar to a crown, but without removing any natural tooth structure.
The Inlay and Onlay Process
Whether it’s during your standard dental cleaning or during a specific appointment for this issue, Dr. Kaplan will do a thorough oral health museum. He’ll take a look at the decayed tooth and determine the best restoration to use to provide the ideal result. Inlays and onlays are often chosen to make sure we’ll preserve as much of your natural structure as possible.
Molds are taken of your tooth to ensure that the inlay or onlay will fit your tooth perfectly. A temporary restoration may be placed until the permanent restoration is done. It’ll be fitted to ensure that it blends in with your teeth and is comfortable for you.
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Do you think you may have a need for an inlay or onlay? Call us or schedule an appointment online.