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What Patients Should Know About Inlays and Onlays

September 21, 2013 @ 12:41 PM — by rwdds

What Patients Should Know About Inlays and OnlaysThere are many different dental problems that a person may face, and thankfully there are many different dental treatments out there that can remedy these issues. It's simply a matter of knowing which treatment to use to address which problem. When you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist, you will be able to learn about all of your options for expert care.

Right now we'd like to go over some of the basics surrounding serious tooth decay and tooth injury, with a special focus on why inlays and onlays is often an ideal solution for these problems.

Why Restoration of Tooth Structure Is So Important

When a tooth's structure is weak or compromised in some way, it is more prone to breaking or damage. This is a source of a lot of pain and discomfort should it occur. In addition, it becomes more likely for the internal dental pulp of a tooth to become infected. This infection can spread to other structures of the mouth, resulting in major dental health issues.

By restoring a tooth's structure, it is possible to avoid tooth damage and breaks in overall tooth material. This helps prevent infection and more serious dental health problems that occur as a result.

About Inlays and Onlays

When the tooth damage or tooth decay is too serious for basic dental fillings, the ideal option to consider is an inlay or an onlay. Inlays and onlays are like dental fillings but they are able to restore larger portions of compromised tooth structure, such as the cusps (the biting surfaces of the teeth).

Ideal Candidates for Inlays and Onlays

The best candidates for inlays and onlays are people who have suffered from serious tooth decay or tooth damage that cannot be restored through the use of a traditional dental filling.

The Inlays and Onlays Procedure

During the procedure to place inlays and onlays, the dentist first cleans the teeth and then removes any compromised tooth structure. The dentist works carefully to ensure that as much healthy tooth structure remains in place as possible. An impression is then taken of the prepped tooth, and it is from this impression that the final inlay or onlay is crafted.

When the dental restoration is finished and ready to be placed, the dentist will check for fit of the restoration one last time and make any final adjustments that may be necessary. The restoration is then adhered in place.

Other Uses for Inlays and Onlays

It's not uncommon for inlays and onlays to be used in part of a combined restorative dentistry treatment. This combined dental therapy is usually known as a full mouth reconstruction, and it's ideal for addressing multiple serious dental health problems.

Alternatives to Inlays and Onlays

If patients have experienced tooth decay or damage that is too serious for inlays or onlays, the last option to consider that can save the tooth is a dental crown, which is a cap that fits over the compromised tooth. Candidacy for crowns will be discussed during the consultation process.

Learn More About Restorative Dentistry

For more information about inlays and onlays as well as your many other options for restorative dental care, be sure to contact our Rockledge dental care center today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent dental health.