Inlay and Onlay Dentistry
When a traditional filling does not repair your tooth after decay, an inlay or onlay can get the job done. The dentists at Desert Dental Alternatives specialize in tooth repair using inlays and onlays. We use inlays to cover the chewing surfaces of the tooth, while onlays are used as more comprehensive coverage that can cover the tooth’s cusps and sides.
Our team will work with you to examine the dental problem, determine what treatment you need, and create the perfect inlay or onlay for your tooth. We have the expertise and experience that you can count on to have a dental piece that blends into your smile.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
There are several benefits to utilizing an inlay or onlay instead of the traditional filling. These sturdy, custom ceramic or porcelain pieces will repair your tooth when there is a loss of structure, but that is not all.
The benefits of inlays and onlays include:
- Improve resistance to fractures and damage versus traditional fillings
- Improve overall dental aesthetic
- Can last up to 30 years
- Strengthens the integrity of the tooth
- Protect the decaying area
How Do Inlays and Onlays Work?
Inlays and onlays work to repair the structure and appearance of a tooth when it is damaged beyond what a traditional filling can repair. (This is usually due to excessive decay.) The difference between inlays and onlays is the areas they cover.
- Inlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth
- Onlays cover the chewing surface and can extend over the cusps and side of the tooth
Both the inlay and onlay are created using an impression of your tooth and color matching to blend in with the tooth’s color in the best way possible. The impression functions to form the temporary and permanent inlay or onlay. When the permanent piece is made, the temporary onlay or inlay will be removed, and the permanent one is affixed to your tooth.
How Do I Take Care of My Inlay or Onlay?
You can preserve the life of your inlay or onlay by taking care of it just as you care for your natural teeth. With proper care, it can last up to 30 years! The key factor in taking care of your inlay or onlay is oral hygiene.
Proper oral hygiene involves:
- Brushing twice a day, paying attention to the angles and pressure you use while brushing
- Floss daily, being cautious around onlays to not force the floss
- Schedule and attend follow up dental appointments and regular dental appointments
It is also crucial to limit wear and tear by reducing consumption of chewy or hard foods, as well as remedying grinding teeth. Chewy food can get stuck in teeth and hard foods, including ice, pose a risk of breakage to the tooth. If you grind your teeth while sleeping, consider consulting with your dentist about how to remedy the habit.
Repair Your Teeth at Desert Dental Solutions!
Your teeth are with you for a lifetime, so taking care of the integrity of your teeth is crucial in preserving the smile you are used to. Our dental specialists at Desert Dental Alternatives can help you keep your teeth strong and healthy. Protect your teeth with the right appliances while practicing proper oral care so your smile lasts throughout your life.