Inlays & Onlays
In cases where there is minor tooth decay or cavities that are not too large, you can consider getting inlays or onlays to restore the compromised tooth and prevent further damage. Unlike a crown which requires major reduction of your tooth, an inlay or onlay is a more comprehensive procedure that covers the partial restoration in cases where there is minor damage.
An inlay is something that gets in between your tooth when the cavity is taken out and when both sides of the structure of your tooth are still intact. Onlay comes from your gum and covers half your tooth. It's like you are using half a crown instead of a full crown. This dental procedure is strong and it helps to keep your tooth intact, thereby preventing it from further damage. In case you have a gap between your teeth and you are not comfortable with the idea of a major surgical procedure, then you can definitely visit us here at Poleski Family Dentistry to learn how an inlay and onlay can benefit you better.
They Provide Conservative Restoration
Inlays and onlays are more conservative in comparison to a crown and it helps to restore and preserve more of the natural tooth structure since you don't have to take away a lot of it in order to fit the inlay and onlay. High quality materials are used to fill up the tooth and these materials are not only strong and long lasting but they are also designed to match the shade of your tooth perfectly.
This means that one will not be able to tell the difference when there is an inlay or onlay added on to your tooth and it will look like a natural tooth. These fillings are strong and long lasting and when done correctly, you won't have to worry about a replacement for a long time. Proper inlays and onlays are known to last up to 20 years or more. Most often inlays and onlays are crafted using porcelain which is a durable material and helps to strengthen the integrity of your tooth up to 75%. This is better than traditional filling and also makes it more comfortable for you to eat your food without worrying about the filling coming off.
They Look Natural
The one major advantage of inlays and onlays is they look exactly the same as your natural teeth. There is no way to tell the difference and since it has the exact same color as your teeth, it looks like your natural teeth. These days inlays and onlays are designed to have an enamel-like sheen over them which further enhances how they look and appear.
They are also stain resistant which means you won't have to worry about any staining on your teeth when you use the right inlays and onlays. You can get in touch with us by giving us a call at 412 813-3131 or visiting Poleski Family Dentistry to learn more about how you can get inlays and onlays fitted on your tooth to protect it and keep it safe from further damage.