If your tooth has mild to moderate decay, it may be too damaged for a filling, but not damaged enough to require a crown. In these cases, your dentist will consider an inlay or onlay. These similar treatments act much like a filling, and are often used when your old fillings need to be replaced. They ensure that your teeth will last for many more years.
A dental inlay is a restoration technique that can be used to treat teeth that have slight decay. The decay is removed by Dr. Pham and then his team creates a dental impression.
Inlays and onlays are similar to fillings, but made of more durable, longer-lasting materials. If you run your tongue over your back molars, you will feel raised ridges along their edges, called the cusps. An inlay fits inside these cusps, while an onlay is necessary only when decay extends over the cusps. In either case, the inlay or onlay is made from porcelain, gold, or composite resin. The choice of material depends on cost and aesthetic preference. Porcelain is a popular choice since it most closely matches the natural appearance of teeth.
When paired with regular maintenance of oral hygiene through brushing and flossing, inlays and onlays can last up to thirty years, much longer than the average filling. They also help to strengthen your teeth and prevent the need for future dental work, saving you money and trips to the office.
Both inlays and onlays require the same simple procedure, while usually requires two appointments:
At a follow-up visit the temporary inlay will be removed and the permanent invidiualized inlay will be inserted. Dr. Pham recommends using porcelain for this type of restoration due to its resistance to wear and the protection it offers from recurring decay.
Visit The Center for Beautiful Smiles for comfortable, reliable inlays and onlays in the Chula Vista area. These simple treatments will leave your teeth stronger and improved in appearance. Address signs of decay and replace worn-out fillings right away. Call today to schedule an appointment.
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