Inlays & Onlays
You have made your dental appointment and then suddenly you get the bad news: you have advanced tooth decay. It sounds just like a nightmare and maybe brings up bad memories of drills, discomfort, and fear. So, what exactly is going to happen to your tooth now? What options do you have for preserving the integrity of your teeth and any others that might become subject to decay? Good news, folks! With inlays and onlays, we can treat unsightly cavities and make your smile look as good as new. Here at Harry Albers DDS, we are excited to have the means of helping protect your teeth without having to resort to more uncomfortable measures.
What Are Inlays & Onlays?
There are many similarities between inlays and onlays. They are both indirect fillings that can remedy decay without having to remove large amounts of your tooth. These are created in a lab custom-fit for your mouth, so there are minimal drilling and less discomfort. They are attached to the teeth directly, which then can be color matched so you will not even see a difference between where the filling stops and your tooth begins.
Inlays are generally used for front teeth and can be formed to look all natural. It will take two appointments: one for casting mold and another for creating a custom fit to your tooth. They are affixed to your cusp, which permits greater stability. The main materials we use for your convenience are porcelain, composite resin, and gold.
We recommend porcelain or composite resin for this process as it removes less tooth. They are extremely durable and will not react to hot or cold, which makes them that much safer for your mouth. Onlays are for the molars or large problem areas and are applied to the biting surface of your teeth. Because of its color, gold is a bit more visible as a solution to your treatment but adds a level of strength for areas that need it while also offering up a hint of bling to anyone looking to show off their megawatt smile.
Advantages of Choosing Inlays or Onlays
Besides the sheer convenience, inlays and onlays can help strengthen the enamel of your tooth, making it last longer. They fit better too, which means that unlike a crown, it just slides over the damaged part, which means less drilling for you! One of the best things about getting an inlay or onlay is that it does not interfere with your routine for hygienic care at home, so all you have to do is brush and floss the way you usually do, and that is all the special care your brand new inlay or onlay needs.
If you are concerned about the extent of damage your teeth have been subjected to and want to avoid crowns or mass amounts of drilling, maybe inlays and onlays are the best options for you. Without hesitation, call our office at Harry Albers DDS at (707) 575-1190 to schedule an appointment and we will help get you started on the treatment plan that is right for you!