In our past two blogs, we’ve looked at two familiar dental restorations: dental fillings and dental crowns. However, these aren’t the only solutions we have for tooth decay or dental damage. In some cases, you may need a very different form of restoration, such as an inlay or onlay. What are these restorations made from? How does the dentist place them?
Differences Between Inlays/Onlays and Crowns or Fillings
A filling targets a specific area of decay in the tooth, while a crown fits over the entire visible portion of the tooth. An inlay and onlay however, they are somewhere in between. An inlay fits between the cusps on top of the tooth. An onlay fits over the cusps. Both are made using ceramic, which we also use for crowns. Ceramic is strong, stain-resistant, and offers the same translucent appearance as tooth enamel, meaning we can shade them to be more lifelike and blend with your smile. We can use these restorations to address damage or cavities.
We first prepare the teeth receiving them and take impressions. The impressions will be used to help design the restoration. After preparation, we may place a temporary to protect the tooth until your final restoration is complete. Once the final inlay or onlay is ready, you will return to the office so we can place it.
Dangers of Avoiding Treatment
If the dentist recommends a restoration, don’t avoid treatment. Otherwise, the minor damage could progress into something much more serious, such as an infected or abscessed tooth, which increases the risk of tooth loss. If you have any questions about placing or maintaining a restoration, then please contact our office today. We want our natural looking restorations to protect the appearance and integrity of your teeth.
Learn more by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Brent Engelberg online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.