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Inlays and Onlays

Posted 12/20/2019

Dentists have plenty of options to consider when it comes to effective restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments. By using all the tools at their disposal, a dental care expert can give you the smile that you have always dreamed of. One way that this can be addressed is the use of inlays and onlays.

There are many misunderstandings about inlays and onlays that are out there. Let's take a few moments to consider these kinds of dental restorations and what they mean for patients.

About Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are designed to replace tooth structure that has been affected by tooth decay and tooth damage. They are an intermediate dental restoration between a traditional dental filling and a dental crown.

How Inlays and Onlays Differ from Other Dental Restorations

Essentially, an inlay or onlay is used when a dental filling is not sufficient to restore the amount of damage or decay that has occurred, and when there is still enough healthy tooth structure remaining that the use of a dental crown is not necessary. Compared to a dental crown, an inlay/onlay preserves more of a patient's natural existing tooth structure, which is better for dental health in the long run.

The Best Candidates for Inlays and Onlays

Ideal candidates for inlays and onlays are patients who require a fair amount of tooth structure to be restored. These patients should have realistic expectations about the dental restoration process and what is involved.

The Inlays and Onlays Procedure

The first step of the inlays and onlays procedure is the removal of compromised tooth structure. Once this is completed, an impression is taken of the damaged or decayed tooth. From this impression, the final inlay or onlay will be crafted.

Once the inlay or onlay is created, it is carefully double-checked for fit before being adhered into position.

Caring for Your Inlays and Onlays in the Long Run

When it comes to proper care for your inlays and onlays, all that really needs to be done is to practice good, common sense dental hygiene. That means:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing your teeth every night
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for checkups
  • Not chewing items that aren't meant to be chewed
  • Wearing mouth/face protection for full-contact sports

Other Options for Restorative Dental Care

In addition to the various dental restorations mentioned above, there are plenty of other restorative care methods out there for patients. For example, if you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, the best option for care might be the use of dental implants to support dental bridges or dentures. We can discuss these matters in greater detail during your visit.

Get More Information About Inlays and Onlays

If you would like to learn more about inlays and onlays as well as the many other options out there for advanced restorative dentistry, be sure to contact our Troy, MI dental care center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health results.

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