Inlays/Onlays in Cary, NC
Dental inlays and onlays are commonly used to restore decayed or damaged teeth. You may require an inlay or onlay if you are missing more than half of a tooth or if extensive decay is present that affects the structural integrity of a tooth. This procedure may also be performed when old fillings need to be replaced or removed. Unlike a filling which can be used on any part of the tooth, inlays and onlays only cover certain portions of a tooth. An inlay fills the area between the cusps in the middle of the tooth surface, while a dental onlay covers one or multiple cusps or the entirety of the tooth’s biting surface.
Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are an excellent alternative to crowns and fillings. They typically require much less tooth removal and are less likely to discolor compared to traditional crowns and fillings. Some of the biggest benefits of dental inlays and onlays include:
- Tooth Preservation: Less of the natural tooth structure must be removed when restoring teeth with inlays or onlays.
- Custom Fit: Fillings have the potential to expand and contract due to fluctuations in temperature, increasing the risk of cracks and similar problems. Inlays and onlays are custom fit to each patient to minimize these risks.
- Enhanced Strength: Compared to crowns and fillings, inlays and onlays are constructed of much stronger and more durable materials. They often last longer than alternative restorations and can support damaged teeth.
- Stain-Resistant: If you’re worried about staining, inlays and onlays are an optimal option. This type of dental restoration is fairly resistant to tooth discoloration and stains.
- Better Hygiene: As inlays and onlays create a custom fit on your tooth, it’s much easier to maintain good dental hygiene. Patients are also less likely to have bacteria enter the tooth, which can lead to infection.
The Inlay/Onlay Dental Procedure
During the inlay/onlay dental procedure, our Cary dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any damaged or decayed portions. A mold is then taken of the tooth and the inlay or onlay restoration is created using a milling unit. After cleaning the tooth, the inlay or onlay is placed to ensure a proper fit. The restoration is then attached to the tooth using special cement or bonding material. Finally, the tooth is polished for a shiny finish.
Learn More About Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays provide a custom restoration that looks and feels natural. To learn more about this common dental procedure, call our office today.