Inlays and onlays are dental procedures that are used to restore the damaged area of one’s tooth. They can be comprised of many different materials, including gold, porcelain or composite resin to help give a decayed or damaged tooth new life. Inlays cover the inside cusp of a tooth, much like a filling, while onlays extend over the crest of the tooth, covering a larger area of damage.
There are many different options when it comes to restoring a cracked, broken, worn or damaged tooth. Here are some of the benefits of dental inlays or onlays compared to other options. These include:
• Durability. Dental inlays and onlays are made to fit the crevices of a damaged tooth perfectly, which makes them more durable than traditional fillings that are shaped into a patient’s mouth.
• Improved oral health. Inlays and onlays will seal the damaged tooth, which protects it from bacteria and tooth decay.
• Longer life. This restoration method can give you the longest use out of your teeth because it uses the natural tooth structure.
• Convenient care. After the inlay or onlay is bonded, it is easy to clean and care for since it is attached to your natural tooth. Inlays and onlays are less likely to stain or become discolored due to the materials used, so you never have to worry about mismatched colors on a single tooth.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Mofid will look at your tooth to see if inlays or onlays are the right choice for you. If they are, an impression of the tooth will be taken and sent to a lab to make your custom dental restoration. This will fit the natural color, shape and your bite of your teeth for a perfectly customized fit. Once the inlay or onlay is constructed, a final fitting will be completed and your dental restoration adjusted to ensure it fits perfectly.
Dental inlays and onlays can help restore the appearance, function and structure of your natural teeth. Whether your tooth has been damaged due to injury, decay or poor dental care, you will notice a big improvement in your smile with dental inlays or onlays.