Inlays and Onlays
At times dental fillings may not be effective for your cavities, and the dentist may consider using other methods to fix the holes in your tooth. Inlays and onlays are some of the most common cavity solutions thousands of people get each year to support and prevent the spread of oral bacteria. They are considered effective and can sometimes be combined with dental fillings to make the process more successful. Gold, ceramics, and composite resins are some of the best materials that can be used to make your inlays and onlays, depending on your preference. Visit our dental clinic, Ortega Dental, to find out which type of inlay and onlay is suitable for your teeth.
When Is An Inlay Or Onlay Necessary?
The molar teeth contain deep fissures, and if not well cleaned, they can hold food particles, which will lead to cavities. The cavities at the back of your teeth can sometimes be too large, and fillings may not work effectively. Also, remember molars are usually exposed to a lot of pressure, and fillings may not last as long compared to inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays preserve the structure of your teeth as they are strong enough to withstand constant pressure. This means they will allow you to eat all of the foods you desire. Therefore, if you have large cavities at the back of your teeth, you may consider getting inlays or onlays instead of fillings.
Another thing worth mentioning is that inlays and onlays can help prevent root canal treatment. This is because they completely seal your tooth cavities, ensuring bacteria do not get to your root canal. This also helps to prevent tooth loss and the spread of tooth decay.
Inlay and Onlay Dental Procedure
The inlay and onlays procedure is very different from a filling process because it requires more than one or two visits to your dentist. When you first come to the dentist, we will examine your teeth to ensure you do not have any other dental issues. We will also inspect your cavity to determine whether you need inlays or onlays. Whichever treatment, an impression will be used to create a mold of your tooth. The result will then be sent off and manufactured in our dental lab. You will then discuss the appropriate material to fix your tooth cavity with our dentist.
When you go home, you will be given something to temporarily cover the cavity to prevent the bacteria from further destroying your teeth. On your final visit, the inlay or onlay manufactured will be installed over your cavity and cemented to ensure it is firmly attached to your tooth.
How Do I Know Which Treatment is Suitable for My Teeth?
If you wonder whether your teeth need inlays or onlays, do not worry about that because our dentist is here to help you know which one will work best for you. Normally, inlays work for small areas and fill hollows in your teeth, while onlays work for large spaces. If you feel you need to get this treatment, do not hesitate to visit our dental office, Ortega Dental. You can call us via 904-752-9522 if you have any questions concerning inlays and onlays.