Inlays and Onlays
Tooth decay and infection eat away at your tooth’s enamel, leaving in its place a nice big hole. While fillings can fix the area, sometimes they are not enough. At Magnolia Modern Dentistry, we offer our patients the options of inlays and onlays to fix severely decayed teeth.
What are Inlays?
Inlays help when the decay affects the top portion of your natural tooth enamel. If the decay did not go over the tooth’s cusp and a filling will not be enough, the inlay can help. The ceramic or porcelain material that we use inlays on the top portion of your tooth, filling in the hole. Ceramic and porcelain both bond very well with enamel, giving your tooth a natural look as well as giving it the strength it needs for you to go back to your normal chewing habits. You will no longer have the weak tooth that the decay caused.
What are Onlays?
Onlays are similar to inlays, but with more material. We often use onlays on back teeth that experienced excessive decay. If a filling would not be enough, an onlay can lay over the tooth, filling in the hole inside as well as over the cusp of the tooth. We use the same ceramic or porcelain material to restore the tooth to its natural beauty and function.
Inlays, Onlays or Dental Crowns
You probably wonder if you could get away with an inlay or onlay rather than a dental crown. While dental crowns are a great restorative dental procedure, it does take away quite a bit of your tooth’s enamel. We often try to start with inlays or onlays to keep the tooth’s enamel in place as long as possible.
If we can catch the tooth decay before it affects more than 50 percent of your tooth, we can typically use the inlay or onlay option. How do you make sure that we catch it early enough? You need to keep up with your regular dental exams and cleanings. This is the most opportune time for us to see decay in its earliest stages and treat it quickly. This reduces the risk of the decay damaging more than 50 percent of the tooth, requiring you to get a dental crown.
You can also come to see our dentists if you suspect you have decay in between your appointments. If you have sudden pain in a tooth or extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, it could be a sign that you have decay. The quicker we attend to it, the easier the restoration becomes ad the more likely we are to save your natural tooth.
Our dentists are experts in tooth restoration, helping our patients keep their natural teeth as long as possible. Whether you need inlays, onlays, dental crowns, or fillings, our dentists can help you get through the process with ease.
Call Magnolia Modern Dentistry at (530) 645-3339 today to learn more about your options and to set up your appointment. We look forward to helping you restore your oral health soon.