The earlier tooth decay is caught, the easier it will be to treat. However, what if you find yourself with a decayed tooth that’s too damaged to support a dental filling but not impaired enough for a dental crown?
We need something that’s stronger and tougher than a filling but more conservative than a crown, which will allow you to keep the healthy remaining portion of your tooth.
The ideal tooth restoration treatment in this case, would be to place dental inlays or dental onlays. Chesterfield dentist Dr Akinwande, will be able to advise which restoration would be best in your particular case.
Inlays and onlays are mostly used to restore the back teeth because these usually bear a heavier load and are the hardest to clean. As a result these are the teeth which more commonly suffer from decay.
Inlays and onlays can also be used to replace large old amalgam fillings because they’re made with tooth-colored materials. For this treatment, two office visits are usually required. During the first visit we’ll take a mould of your teeth so your restoration can be made in the dental lab and then on a second visit we’ll fit the onlay/inlay.
So what’s the difference between dental inlays and onlays?
Although they’re two very similar tooth restoration treatment methods, there’s some key differences to note as each cover different surface areas of the tooth.
Benefits of dental inlays and onlays
For cosmetic reasons both inlays and onlays are tooth colored, so they always match the rest of the teeth perfectly. Some other benefits included are:
Regardless of whether you need a dental inlay or a dental onlay at Chesterfield Dentistry you can be certain that your tooth will be restored back to its full structure and strength, so you can once again bite and chew without worry. If you’re in pain or think you may have a cavity, call us today on (314) 469 6429 to arrange a consultation with Dr Akinwande for your tooth restoration treatment.