There are many different ways that a dental care specialist can address tooth decay or tooth damage. The severity of the tooth damage will determine the best possible treatment to use. When you come to our Rockville cosmetic dentistry center with serious dental damage or tooth decay, one option that may be viable is the use of inlays or onlays. We'd like to take a moment right now to look at inlays and onlays and how they can help you achieve optimal dental health.
What are inlays and onlays?
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to restore damaged tooth structure. It may be helpful to think of them as larger forms of dental fillings. When you meet with a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist in Rockville, you'll find out if it's ideal for you.
What Inlays and Onlays Can Achieve
Inlays and onlays are able to restore large sections of damaged tooth structure. They are especially ideal for the cusps (biting surfaces) of the teeth. Once in place, the strength and appearance of a tooth is restored.
Best Candidates for Inlays and Onlays
Ideal candidates for inlays and onlays are people who have experienced major tooth decay or tooth damage. These patients do not have enough healthy tooth structure to hold a dental filling but have enough tooth structure remaining that a dental crown is not warranted. Inlays and onlays are a relatively normal restoration option that can meet many general dental care and restoration needs.
The Inlays and Onlays Procedures
The first step of the inlays and onlays procedure is to remove the damaged tooth structure and compromised tooth structure. Once this is accomplished, an impression is taken of the prepped tooth. From this impression, a custom inlay or onlay is crafted.
When the inlay or onlay is ready, it is then placed on the prepped tooth and carefully adhered in place. Final adjustments are made to ensure that the fit is perfect and the inlay or onlay blends in seamlessly with the natural tooth structure.
Alternatives to Inlays and Onlays
There a many different alternatives to inlays and onlays to consider. For minor tooth decay, dental fillings are ideal. If a patient has major tooth decay too severe for an inlay or onlay, then dental crowns are a better solution. For minor aesthetic issues involving chips or cracks, Rockville porcelain veneers would be the best possible solution. We will help make the best choice for you and your needs during your visit.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatments
For more information about inlays, onlays, and other options to consider for effective dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Rockville cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and discussing all these matters in greater detail.