Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that help restore a tooth affected by moderate decay or damage. They have several advantages, including as an alternative to dental crowns.
To repair an extensively damaged tooth, we at Ryan Rush DDS PLLC in Fort Collins, CO 8052, often recommend onlays or inlays, which effectively reinstate a tooth’s function while improving its appearance.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are customized fillings that serve as a custom-fitted covering over an enormously large cavity or missing portion of a tooth. They are fashioned to resemble your natural teeth closely. They can help prevent tooth decay and re-establish the usual functions of the mouth.
Both onlays and inlays are similar but with some key differences. While inlays fit within the cusp tips, the onlays are more extensive, spreading over the cusps of a treated tooth. Based on the location and depth of the decay or damage to your tooth, we would recommend one of these restorations.
Who Would Need Inlays or Onlays?
A person who would need either of these restorations is one who has incurred too much decay or damage in a tooth that cannot be successfully restored with a traditional filling. They should have good healthy teeth remaining to avoid needing a full dental crown. By applying an onlay or inlay, we can preserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.
What Can You Expect During the Procedure?
Dr. Ryan Rush will begin the procedure by numbing the tooth and surrounding tissue using a local anesthetic. We will then remove decay to prevent it from spreading deeper into the tooth. Once the tooth is properly prepared, an impression is taken either digitally or using a mold. The impression is then sent over to a lab to fabricate the onlay or inlay out of metal or a tooth-colored resin. If required, we can fit a temporary filling to protect the tooth until your permanent restoration is ready. We will secure the onlay or inlay during your subsequent visit using permanent cement that will harden when exposed to a unique curing light.
How Should You Care for Your Inlays or Onlays?
Onlays and inlays are durable, long-lasting, and require no more care than a natural tooth. You should follow your regular oral hygiene regime and undergo professional cleanings at the dental office to extend the life of your restoration and prevent other teeth from decaying.
Dr. Ryan Rush can help provide solutions that will improve your oral health while transforming your smile. If you want to learn more about inlays and onlays, visit us at Ryan Rush, DDS PLLC, Dentist Fort Collins CO 80526. Alternatively, you can reach us at (970) 223-5393 to schedule an appointment.