Inlays and Onlays for When You Prefer a More Conservative Treatment Approach
Inlays and onlays may be an appropriate treatment option if you have significant dental decay or a cavity that is too large for Dr. Diep to treat in a traditional manner. This procedure covers the affected area to help you feel more confident of your smile. It also helps to prevent further decay and eventual tooth loss. Some patients request inlays and onlays as a cosmetic upgrade for old metal fillings that they find unattractive. Another reason for choosing this dental procedure is that it is a more conservative way to treat tooth decay than having a crown placed.
What is the Difference between Inlays and Onlays?
Dr. Diep uses an inlay when you only have one tooth cusp that requires treatment. The placement of onlays is to conceal significant decay on several consecutive tooth cusps. A tooth cusp is the bumpy surface on the top, which is where Dr. Diep places booth inlays and onlays. Both are comfortable to wear and closely match the shape and color shade of your existing teeth.
The Process of Receiving an Inlay or Onlay
Dr. Diep completes this simple dental procedure in two separate visits. At your first appointment with Gentle Breeze Dental, he examines your mouth and then takes an impression of the affected tooth or teeth. Our dental laboratory uses the results of the impression to create your new inlay or onlay. Before you leave the first appointment, we provide you with a temporary inlay or onlay until your customized one comes back from the laboratory. You then need to schedule a second appointment for permanent bonding.
What You Can Expect After Placement
Inlays and onlays are durable and built to last for many decades, if not your entire life. You can improve the longevity of your new dental gear by making a commitment to excellent oral hygiene habits. This means brushing and flossing your teeth a minimum of two times per day. One of the major advantages of inlays and onlays is that they prevent bacteria from reaching the tooth surface due to their custom fit.
Please contact our Port St. Lucie office if you are considering this procedure as a permanent solution for tooth decay.