Maintaining a healthy smile often requires more than regular brushing and flossing. Dental issues can arise, and when they do, restorative dentistry steps in to save the day. Dental inlays and onlays are two valuable tools in the restorative dentist's arsenal, offering precise solutions for repairing damaged or decayed teeth.
At MountainView Dental, we place dental inlays and onlays, custom-made restorations that are an alternative to traditional fillings and crowns. They are used to repair teeth that have suffered moderate to severe damage or decay but still have enough healthy tooth structure to avoid needing a full crown.
The Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays
Conservation of Healthy Tooth Structure
Inlays and onlays allow dentists to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Unlike crowns requiring more extensive enamel removal, inlays, and onlays require minimal tooth reduction.
Inlays and onlays are custom-made to fit your tooth precisely. They are fabricated in a dental laboratory based on impressions of your tooth, ensuring a snug fit and excellent functionality.
Strength and Durability
These restorations are crafted from durable materials like porcelain, composite resin, or gold. They are known for their strength and longevity, offering reliable tooth repair that can last for many years.
Inlays and onlays are designed to match the color of your natural teeth. They blend seamlessly with your smile, making them a discreet and aesthetically pleasing option.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are highly resistant to staining, helping you maintain a bright and attractive smile.
Inlays and onlays restore the tooth's functionality, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak confidently.
Minimized Tooth Sensitivity
Inlays and onlays can help reduce tooth sensitivity by sealing off exposed dentin (the sensitive layer beneath the enamel) and protecting it from temperature changes and irritation.
The Dental Inlay and Onlay Process
The first step is a thorough examination by our dentist in Hurricane, UT, to determine whether an inlay or onlay is the right solution for your dental issue. If an inlay or onlay is deemed suitable, our dentist will prepare the damaged tooth by removing the decayed or compromised areas.
Our dentist will take impressions of the prepared tooth, which will be used to create a custom-made inlay or onlay. While the permanent restoration is being crafted in a dental laboratory, your dentist may place a temporary filling to protect the tooth.
Once the inlay or onlay is ready, it will be precisely fitted and bonded to your tooth using dental cement. The restoration will be polished, and final adjustments will be made to ensure a comfortable and functional fit.
Dental inlays and onlays are valuable restorative options that combine strength, precision, and aesthetics to repair damaged or decayed teeth effectively. If you have concerns about damaged or decayed teeth, contact MountainView Dental at 52 South 850 West, Suite 201, Hurricane, UT 84737, or call (435) 635-9471. to determine whether inlays or onlays are the right choice for you and take the first step toward a healthier, restored smile.