Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that can restore the function and natural look of chipped, cracked, or cavity-damaged teeth. At the Mason office of Gregory P. Davis, DDS, Dr. Davis can apply inlays and onlays that match the color of patients’ natural teeth and last for many years.
Inlays and onlays, also known as indirect fillings, restore missing parts of damaged or decayed rear teeth (molars). They maintain the majority of a patient’s natural tooth and blend naturally with the rest of the smile.
An inlay fits within the opening of a cavity or chasm in a patient’s tooth, both preventing a cavity from growing and strengthening the surrounding tooth. An onlay fits over a patient’s tooth, replacing a cusp or edge of the tooth, which has been broken off or worn down from decay.
Both inlays and onlays are made in a dental laboratory, designed to perfectly fit within or upon patients’ teeth. They are designed from exact molds taken of a patient’s teeth. They match the shape, color, and size of each tooth, restoring the aesthetic beauty and physical strength of the tooth before it became affected by trauma or decay.
During an initial visit to Mason cosmetic dentist Gregory Davis, he will take a mold of the damaged or decayed tooth. This mold is sent to a state-of-the-art lab, where an inlay or onlay is made to match exactly the shape of the mold. During this first visit, Dr. Davis may apply a temporary inlay or onlay that can protect the tooth until a patient’s next visit.
In a second visit, the inlay or onlay is tested against a patient’s tooth, before bonding, to ensure its proper fit, and to ensure that it does not interfere with the normal bite pattern. If so, the inlay or onlay is then secured with a bonding agent. Excess bonding matter is polished from the tooth, which is then permanently set and has full functionality immediately after the patient leaves the office.
If properly taken care of, inlays and onlays can last for 15 to 20 years. They require normal dentistry care, as they are affixed to the tooth and meant to recreate its look and functionality. With regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing, these indirect fillings are very durable. Patients should attend regular visits to Dr. Davis so he can check that the inlay or onlay is still properly secured and functioning.
Inlays and onlays are excellent alternatives to traditional metal fillings, because they blend naturally with tooth color and can be more secure within a cavity or upon a chip. Since they are made from molds of a patient’s teeth, they match perfectly. They are ideal for those patients whose teeth are still healthy enough to support a partial filler, versus dental a crown, which covers the entire natural tooth. For patients in Mason, dental crowns are a more extensive treatment option.
For more information on inlays and onlays and to find out who is a candidate, please contact Dr. Davis today for more information and to schedule a confidential, informative consultation.
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