Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are restoration treatments that help sustain the natural structure of your teeth. This treatment is used when the tooth has been infected with cavities due to tooth decay. Dental inlays and onlays are also used when you experience a toothache, there's a hole inside your tooth, or when your teeth become sensitive.
If you feel like your tooth is eroding and you have been experiencing toothaches, book an appointment with Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry in Escanaba, MI today!
What are Dental Inlays?
An inlay is used to fill up a gaping area of your tooth. Inlays are used when the hole is too big for a regular filling to cover. Dental inlays cover the area between the bumps on your teeth. The dentist will first remove the infected tooth by trimming or extracting it and then use an inlay that is shaped precisely to fit your tooth. The main purpose of a dental inlay is that it prevents food and other harmful bacteria from entering underneath the filling.
Different materials are used to create dental inlays, such as gold, ceramic, and porcelain. Dentists opt for ceramic inlays for tooth restoration to match the surrounding teeth. Dental inlays are much stronger than regular composite fillings as they have to cover a bigger area of the tooth. The material used for inlays should be durable enough to prevent more issues from appearing.
What are Dental Onlays?
Dental onlays are also called partial crowns as they cover more than one cusp of the tooth. Onlays are used when more area of the tooth needs to be covered. Onlays are called partial crowns because a dental crown is used to cover the entire tooth, while an onlay is fitted when a section of the tooth is infected.
Dental onlays are made using porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes even gold. The onlays are fixed on your tooth after the dentist has extracted and cleaned the cavity in your tooth. Once the tooth is cleaned, the onlay is bonded to your tooth to make sure that the filling can withstand pressure when you grind your teeth or chew.
Gold Inlays and Onlays
Gold is used to fill cavities that get fractured very easily. Gold is extremely strong and malleable and has low chances of fracture, making it the perfect material to resist damage. However, gold inlays and onlays are expensive, and they don't blend with the natural color of the teeth.
Ceramic Inlays and Onlays
Made out of porcelain, the strong and durable material mimics the color and shape of your natural teeth. They are less prone to fracture compared to traditional fillings, and they are stain-resistant. However, ceramic inlays are more fragile than gold restorations.
If you have dental inlays and onlays or are planning to get one, schedule a visit with Dr. Lasnoski and Dr. Hallas at Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry and ensure the health and longevity of your dental restoration treatment.