When it comes to restoration work, dental crowns are not your only choice. Recent advancements like inlays and onlays are an alternative to the industry’s more invasive options. Porcelain and gold inlays and onlays are strong, tight-fitting restorative pieces. They are aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.
What Do Inlays and Onlays Treat?
At Gage Dental Care, we may use an inlay or an onlay instead of traditional dental fillings to treat structural damage to a tooth or in place of a dental filling or a crown. Often, your dentist will recommend an inlay or an onlay to replace a small or medium sized filling that has deteriorated.
If this is the case, your dentist will remove the old filling. He or she will take an optical impression of the tooth to determine the size and width of the decayed area. With this information, your Gage cosmetic dentist in Bell will be able to design and form the dental work that your tooth needs. Because we embrace Cerec technology at Gage, we’re able to complete inlays and onlays in one day.
What is the Difference Between and Inlay and an Onlay?
Dr. Abaian and Dr. Hanookai will use an inlay to bond the material within the center of your tooth while an onlay is needed when one or more cusps, or points, of your tooth is decayed or damaged. If the full breadth of a tooth requires dental work, then this may also require an onlay.
The Benefits of Porcelain and Gold Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays preserve more of a healthy tooth than other types of dental treatments. If you select porcelain, then you’ll maintain the aesthetic appearance of your mouth because the material conveys the same visual properties of natural teeth. The stability and strength of inlays and onlays are another benefit of the dental treatment. With this type of dental work, your oral care will remain the same with daily brushings and flossing. In fact, once your dentist has completed the procedure, you may not even notice that the inlay or onlay is there.
A Conservative Approach
Some refer to this type of restoration treatment as a conservative one because it preserves as much of your natural tooth as possible. At Gage Dental Care, our leading cosmetic dental team will recommend the best treatment for you based on the condition of your teeth and gums. We offer free consultations that involve thorough evaluations.