We have a host of restoration options to return teeth to full function and health. Otherwise, minor damage and the presence of decay can mean a greater risk of infection, further damage, or in extreme cases, the loss of the entire tooth. Today, we’re going to answer common questions about two unique restorations: inlays and onlays.
Frequently Asked Questions About Inlays and Onlays
Question: When do you need a restoration?
Answer: A restoration is designed to repair a tooth. For example, should a tooth become chipped or cracked, or develop decay, we may suggest a crown, or even an inlay or onlay. Treating the tooth can help prevent complications, such as infection or abscess, helping patients avoid serious discomfort and the risk of tooth loss.
Question: How do these differ from crowns?
Answer: A crown fits over the entirety of the tooth’s visible portion. We can use them to address severe damage, infection, or to even aid in tooth replacement by anchoring a bridge in place or completing a dental implant. However, inlays and onlays target specific areas of the tooth, preserving more of the tooth structure. An inlay addresses the areas on the top between the cusps. An onlay fits over the cusps.
Question: How do you create them?
Answer: We will first need to prepare the tooth by cleaning it and if necessary, removing any decay. We then take detailed impressions. The impressions will be used to design and create the new restorations from lifelike ceramic. When the patient returns for the second visit, we will check the fit and if needed, make adjustments. We then place the restoration with a powerful bonding agent. If you have any questions about repairing teeth, then please contact our office today.
ABOUT YOUR PALATINE, IL DENTIST:
Dr. Brent Engelberg and his highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including; Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.