Inlays and Onlays
An inlay or onlay restoration can be used to close holes in your teeth and improve their functionality. You might have heard that they are the same, but they are actually quite different. An inlay is placed in your tooth to prevent further decay and cavity, while an onlay sits on top of the biting surface of the tooth. Sometimes both treatments can be combined with other dental devices like crowns to make the treatment more effective. If you are considering either of these restorations, here’s what you need to know before scheduling an appointment at Gresham Dental Excellence.
Advantages of Inlays and Onlays
Because they are custom-made, dental inlays and onlays can be shaped precisely to fit each individual patient’s teeth. Many times, they allow a dentist or oral surgeon to save severely damaged teeth instead of extracting them. They also protect your natural teeth from fracturing and help reduce the sensitivity that many people feel due to exposed tooth roots. A good-fitting inlay or onlay restoration looks just like your natural tooth. No one will ever know you have an inlay installed in your tooth. With an inlay or onlay, you can get back your complete smile without losing any healthy teeth.
Dental Inlay and Onlay Procedure
A dental inlay fills small pits or spaces in a tooth. The dentist will take an impression of your tooth cavity, which is sent off to a dental lab. A technician will then create an inlay or onlay made out of porcelain or composite resin. Dr. Cooke can then make a matching inlay and onlay, and on your next visit, you will receive your permanent inlay or onlay. Adjustments will also be made where necessary to ensure you are comfortable with the dental device.
Here at Gresham Dental Excellence, you are welcome at any time. (971) 431-7292 is the number you can use to schedule an appointment.