In the world of restorative and cosmetic dentistry, there are well-known treatments that include dental crowns and tooth-colored fillings, however there are also inlays and onlays and not as many people are familiar with them. Patients of Sean Visger at Trail Ridge Dental in Longmont, CO enjoy access to a full array of restorative and cosmetic dentistry solutions, and Dr. Visger wants his patients to know the many benefits of inlays and onlays.
They are similar to classic dental crowns, covering over an area that has suffered some decay, and been properly treated. However, they are not as substantial as crowns, not covering the entire tooth but specific areas instead. The inlays are set into the top of the tooth, covering and protecting different grooves. The onlays are similar, and will also protect and cover the cusps or sharply pointed areas on the tooth. Some patients will have onlays that can cover almost all of the top of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are then bonded to a tooth, strengthening it, preserving it, and halting any decay permanently. These, however, are not the only benefits of inlays and onlays. There are also these factors to keep in mind:
They are esthetically appealing – Crafted as a custom solution, they are colored to match the existing tooth and look natural as you speak, smile or even yawn! No one will know that a tooth has had any restorative work done to it.
They are treated just like your tooth – You won’t have to change your oral hygiene routine when you have inlays or onlays. They are treated in the same way that your regular tooth was treated, using brushing and flossing along with twice annual checkups and cleaning.
They save the tooth – One of the key benefits of inlays and onlays is that they enable you to keep the natural tooth. Losing adult teeth is detrimental to overall health and wellbeing, and with the use of onlays or inlays, the risk of decay or disease is eliminated and the tooth saved from further harm.
Your bite is preserved – One of the downsides to fillings and even some types of crowns is that they don’t always fit as naturally as the original tooth. Among the other top benefits of inlays and onlays is their ability to be molded identically to the original tooth, aligning flawlessly with your original bite and cutting down on the risks of any subsequent issues or problems.
Dr. Visger is your dentist in Longmont for premium solutions, including inlays and onlays, and you will want to consult with him about your cosmetic dentistry needs. If you have questions the other benefits of inlays and onlays, give us a call at our Longmont, CO office at 303-772-6960. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.