Inlays and Onlays Overview

Have you heard about inlays and onlays? Many dental patients are not familiar with them and yet when they do hear about them they are eager to learn more. This is because they are an innovative way to fill a cavity and at Trail Ridge Dental in Longmont, CO, Dr. Visger is happy to offer our patients the opportunity to have inlays or onlays as part of their treatment.

It is important to understand that not everyone is going to be a candidate for them. If you hear that you need a filling, you can ask about inlays or onlays. If you hear that a lot of the tooth is going to have to be removed to address the decay, then you will require a different solution.

Essentially, inlays and onlays could also be described as partial crowns. This is because they will cover a specific area of the tooth once it has been treated for decay. They are made of long lasting and durable porcelain and they bond to the tooth to offer it support.

Inlays are made to fit in between the cusps of the teeth to replace what has been removed by the dentist. Onlays cover the entire top of the tooth, restoring all of the cusps but not extending down to the gum line like a traditional crown.

They are very valuable because they are more natural in appearance than even tooth colored fillings. They can be molded to work with your bite pattern and they are incredibly strong, guaranteeing you years of service and performance. They fit with great precision into or on the tooth and make it seem as if the material was never removed.

As indicated, not all patients can have them. For some, the extent of the decay may have compromised the tooth and a dental crown is necessary to retain the long-term health of the tooth.

Regardless of which remedy is used when dealing with a cavity, the need for ongoing general dentistry is essential. Taking good care of your teeth with brushing and flossing, as well as getting regular cleanings and checkups is just as important with inlays and onlays as with regular teeth.

The option for partial crowns is becoming more and more popular. Rather than old and obvious amalgam fillings or awkwardly sculpted tooth colored fillings, the partial crowns can provide a more natural and even functional solution.

If you have questions about inlays and onlays, or wish to discuss your options, give us a call at 303-772-6960. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.


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