Most people know about crowns and fillings as a way to stop dental decay in its tracks. But not all know about inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays are used when the decay level is too severe for a filling but does not warrant a dental crown. They provide the perfect middle path between the two more commonly-known options, and if they’re a good option to repair your teeth, Dr. Reza Ghasemi and his team at Dr. Reza Dental Care are here to address all of your questions:
Inlays are used in the same way as fillings, to replace a decayed part of the tooth. In the past, inlays were typically made only of gold, but today they can be manufactured using ceramic, porcelain, or another more natural-looking composite. Inlays can also be used to replace defective fillings, through a process in which the inlays are bonded to the tooth.
Onlays, on the other hand, extend farther to cover the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. By covering these “cusps,” the onlays will aid in biting and chewing. Much like inlays, onlays can be bonded to your teeth for a tough seal and strong teeth. Onlays were also historically available only in gold, but the rise in demand for tooth-colored onlays means today they are available in different shades.
Benefits of Inlays & Onlays
There are some advantages that come with having inlays and onlays rather than traditional crowns. Some of these include:
- Tooth color: They are not likely to become discolored over time as sometimes occurs with resin fillings.
- Precise fit: They are not shrunk during the curing process like fillings are and are better at sealing tight spaces in between your teeth, if that’s where your cavities lie.
- Strength: In addition to restoring decayed areas, they preserve as much of the healthy tooth as possible. Because of the durability of the material, they can even leave your tooth stronger than it was before the cavity.
It can be challenging to determine in what circumstances inlays, onlays, crowns, and fillings are necessary. By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Reza Ghasemi and his friendly South Gate, CA dental team, you can get a professional opinion on whether inlays and onlays are right for you.
Durability of Inlays and Onlays
While it can be difficult to predict precisely how long inlays and onlays will last. However, this depends on a variety of factors. The most important thing you can do to extend the longevity of your inlays is maintain good oral hygiene. Along with regularly brushing, flossing, and attending dental examinations, avoid wear and tear as much as possible. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend a night guard to help preserve the inlays.
Interested in dental inlays and onlays?
If you feel dental inlays and onlays could be a potential solution for you now or in the future, schedule an appointment at Dr. Reza Dental Care. We provide friendly, comprehensive services for all of your dental needs in South Gate, CA and the surrounding community. Contact us today to learn how we can help make a difference for your smile!