When restoring damaged or decayed teeth, dental advancements have paved the way for innovative treatments that combine functionality and aesthetics. Inlays and onlays are two such treatments that offer a middle ground between traditional fillings and full dental crowns.
At Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry, we offer inlays and onlays, dental restorations crafted from durable materials such as porcelain, composite resin, or even gold. They repair teeth that have moderate to severe decay or are damaged beyond what a simple dental filling can address, yet they are not severe enough to warrant a full dental crown. Inlays cover the top of a tooth within the cusps while onlays cover even the cusps of the tooth.
The Process of Getting Inlays and Onlays
Our dentist in Dallas, Dr. Wing, will first evaluate the condition of your tooth and determine if inlays or onlays are the appropriate treatment. X-rays and impressions may be taken to ensure accurate treatment planning. Then, the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed, leaving a clean and stable foundation for restoration.
An impression of your tooth is then taken to be the basis for creating a custom-made inlay or onlay that fits perfectly within your tooth's contours. While your permanent inlay or onlay is being crafted in a dental laboratory, a temporary restoration may be placed to protect your tooth.
Once the permanent restoration is ready, our dentist will ensure a proper fit and make necessary adjustments. The inlay or onlay is then bonded onto your tooth using dental adhesive.
Maintaining a diligent oral hygiene regimen is essential to prolong the longevity of your inlays and onlays. Regular brushing, flossing, and consistent dental checkups contribute to the preservation of these dental restorations.
The Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Conservation of Tooth Structure
Inlays and onlays in Dallas are minimally invasive, allowing for the preservation of healthy tooth structure. Unlike dental crowns, which require the removal of a significant portion of the tooth, inlays, and onlays maintain more of the natural tooth.
Inlays and onlays can be custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural appearance.
By bonding directly to the tooth, inlays, and onlays add structural integrity to weakened or damaged teeth. This enhances the teeth’s strength and functionality.
The materials used for inlays and onlays offer excellent aesthetics, providing a natural look that seamlessly blends with your existing teeth.
Durability and Longevity
Crafted from robust materials, inlays and onlays boast exceptional durability. Their resilience ensures they can withstand the rigors of chewing and maintain their integrity for years with proper care.
Inlays and onlays offer a harmonious blend of functionality, aesthetics, and conservative dentistry. If you're looking to restore the health and beauty of your damaged or decayed teeth, contact Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry at 3112 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226, or call (214) 466-6610 to determine if inlays or onlays are the right treatment option for you.