It often happens that a tooth is too far damaged for a filling to fix it.
Decay or large fractures can cause your tooth to continue breaking apart, so that there isn’t enough structure left to repair it. A filling might be just a temporary patch-job. In this situation, a crown is needed to provide the most support and protection.
What if there was such a thing as a restoration between the two. That is, a combination dental crown and filling.
Guess what? There is!
Onlays and inlays can best be described as puzzle pieces. Like crowns, they are solid restorations that protect a lot of tooth surface. But onlays and inlays cover only part of a tooth.
Crowns fit over an entire tooth. Inlays are designed to snugly fit only within the grooves of the chewing surface. An onlay may overlap one or more of the biting edges. These restorations are perfectly crafted to fit together with your tooth like a piece into a puzzle.
How They’re Made
The damaged portion of your tooth is removed (with the help of anesthesia, of course!) and prepared. Instead of packing in a filling, a scan and/or impression is taken of the prepared tooth. The model is used to design a single solid restoration. This restoration is made outside of the mouth and then cemented into the tooth. A perfect custom-shaped puzzle piece!
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
These restorations are not likely to fracture as oversized fillings could. They hold up to biting and chewing forces much more efficiently. They can even be made from materials that exactly match the color of your tooth.
Talk with your dentist to find out which restorative options are available in your area.
Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd. #115
Dallas, GA 30132
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