You’ve heard of a dental filling and probably want to run for the hills (Sound of Music style) at the thought of having to get one. But have you ever heard of dental inlays and onlays? To help you understand this dental procedure, we have created a fast and easy guide to help you out. Read on to learn more.
What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?
Dental inlays and onlays are similar to traditional dental fillings, but they are typically made up of a more durable type of material. Made up of porcelain, gold, or composite resin, dental inlays and onlays can be matched to your existing teeth.
Inlays: As more of a partial type of filling, an inlay adheres to the inside cusp tips of the tooth.
Onlays: A dental onlay is used for the entire reconstruction of the tooth and typically covers the whole thing.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays?
There are several benefits to both dental inlays and onlays but the number one benefit is the fact that they are extremely durable— which means that if you take care of your teeth, you shouldn’t have to have any additional work done on them. Specifically, the benefit of dental inlays is the fact that if you have decay below the gum line, it can be fitted to help seal off that part of the tooth. With a dental onlay, the entire tooth can be covered for protection.
What Is the Procedure Like?
The procedure is typically a two-day ordeal consisting of getting fitted for the molds during the first appointment and then restoring your tooth with the dental inlays and onlays during your second appointment.
If you have recently found out that your teeth are starting to decay, you may want to consider getting a dental inlay and onlay from Dr. Janice Scott. To learn more about whether or not you are a good candidate for this type of procedure, contact our office today!