Almost all patients at Redford Dental Care in Carmichael, CA will experience a bit of tooth decay and the need for treatment. This is usually going to involve some restorative dentistry such as a filling or even a root canal. However, there is an alternative to this sort of treatment, and it is known by two different names: inlays or onlays. We encourage all patients to learn about the benefits of inlays and onlays to determine if this might be a preferable treatment option.
What Are Onlays and Inlays?
As your dentist in Carmichael, we want you to be fully informed about treatment options, and what any treatment involves. Inlays and onlays are a way of treating a tooth that has been damaged by decay or mild injury. Their names are good indicators as to just what they do. Inlays are tooth-colored composite fillings that are placed in the tooth – between the cusps. Onlays are made of the same tooth-colored material and are placed over, on the cusps.
Though they are sometimes considered a form of cosmetic dentistry because one of the benefits of inlays and onlays is that they can be used to replace outdated fillings or repairs, they are also so strong and durable as to be restorative.
However, one of the chief benefits of inlays and onlays is that they are considered one of the most conservative forms of dentistry. What that means is simple – they allow us to retain as much of your original tooth as possible. This ensures long term health and strength, but it also eliminates any decay or damage that puts the tooth at risk.
As mentioned, another of the benefits of inlays and onlays is that they are so strong and can provide the same strength and wear as any other type of restoration. They are fast and easy, and they do have those remarkable cosmetic benefits. Therefore, they are used for fillings, to repair damaged teeth, to replace outdated amalgam fillings or for teeth that have deep staining unable to be whitened.
Do You Have Cracked or Chipped Teeth in Need of a Restoration?
Are you eager to learn if you are a good candidate for inlays or onlays? If so, feel free to give us a call at our Carmichael, CA office at 916-972-8851. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.