Tooth decay and tooth damage can have a major impact on the overall health and appearance of your smile. Teeth that are structurally compromised are more prone to sensitivity and breaking, and they are also likely to be discolored and poorly shaped. When you visit our Dallas cosmetic dentistry practice, we will be able to rebuild missing tooth structure and restore your dental health in the process. One such treatment option that may be able to accomplish this is inlays and onlays.
About Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are a kind of dental restoration. They are able to rebuild/restore major areas of tooth damage. If you are missing a substantial amount of tooth structure due to damage or decay, inlays and onlays may be the right option for you. This will be determined when you meet with a cosmetic dentist in Plano.
Inlays/Onlays vs. Other Kinds of Dental Restorations
It's best to think of inlays and onlays as being in a middle ground where dental restorations are concerned. Dental fillings are good for basic cavities and minor tooth decay. Inlays and onlays are ideal when you have tooth damage or tooth decay that is too substantial for a dental filling. (In many ways, you can consider inlays and onlays as larger dental fillings.) For major tooth decay beyond the scope of inlays and onlays, dental crowns are ideal.
It's best to be as conservative as possible when it comes to dental restorations. Patients should keep as much of their natural tooth structure as possible. In extreme cases, tooth extraction may be the only option, though a dental bridge or dental crown can be supported using Dallas dental implants. As with eligibility for inlays and onlays, we can discuss these matters in greater detail during your visit.
Prepping Teeth for Inlays and Onlays
The first step of the inlays and onlays procedure is the diagnostic phase. After assessing the damage to your teeth, we will analyze the amount of healthy tooth structure remaining. This will determine if a dental filling, inlay/onlay, or a dental crown is ideal.
The tooth is then cleaned thoroughly to remove any plaque or bacteria. All compromised tooth material is removed, leaving behind the healthy tooth material that will support the dental restoration.
Using the Latest Technology to Craft Your Inlays and Onlays
We like to use the latest digital technology for dental restorations. In the past, physical impressions needed to be taken and then sent to a dental lab. Today, we can take a digital scan of the prepped teeth. This three-dimensional model can then be sent directly to the dental lab so that a technician can begin to craft the final inlay/onlay. This saves on time and makes things more convenient for patients.
Placing the Inlays and Onlays
Once the final inlay/only is crafted, it can be placed. This process will be done carefully to ensure a secure fit. We will also take into account the way the inlays and onlays make contact with your opposite teeth. This helps us assess your bit integrity and maintain comfort when your mouth is at rest.
Learn More About Your Dental Care Options
If you would like more information about inlays, onlays, and your many other options for improving your dental, be sure to contact our Plano cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. The entire team here looks forward to discussing all of your options in greater detail.