You’re probably aware that when a tooth has decayed to the point where fillings will no longer do it any good, the next step is often to get the tooth filed down and then crowned. A tooth crown is a good way to restore a decayed tooth so that its function and appearance is preserved. However, dental crowns can be expensive, and a tooth may not always be decayed to the point where a full crown is required. Now, there’s another option that is more conservative than a crown, and it’s called dental inlays or onlays. If your tooth is not so extensively decayed that much of your original tooth structure can be conserved, then a dental inlay or onlay may be a great choice for you.
Difference Between Inlays and Onlays
Although dental inlays and onlays are somewhat similar, there are some differences between the two. A dental inlay is similar to a regular tooth filling and goes into the damaged area of a tooth the way a filling does. It generally goes into the center of the tooth. A dental inlay is made of composite material that can be matched to the rest of your teeth, or of porcelain or gold.
On the other hand, a dental onlay, unlike a filling, covers more of the top portion of the tooth, like a crown, and can go on the outside and on the inside of the tooth. Impressions of the tooth are done and then sent to a laboratory where the onlay is created from them. Dental inlays and onlays can be done in one visit using specialized CEREC technology.
Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays
Both dental inlays and onlays offer many advantages over traditional metal or composite fillings. First of all, more of the natural tooth can be preserved. The inlays and onlays look natural and do not contract when exposed to heat or cold. Inlays and onlays seldom discolor the way some other types of resin fillings do, and they do not shrink with time. Dental onlays and inlays are very strong and durable, and they can both preserve a tooth for decades. Since more of the natural tooth is preserved when treating it with an inlay or an onlay, the tooth is strengthened rather than weakened by the procedure.
Call to Schedule an Appointment with a California Dental Inlay and Onlay Dentist Today
If you have a decaying tooth that may need dental fillings and you want to learn about a new option, call to schedule an appointment with a California dental inlay and onlay dentist today. The iSmile Dental Spa offers you the latest in dental inlay and onlay technology so that the work can be completed in the minimum amount of time. Dental inlays and onlays are a less expensive and more conservative option than dental crowns and can save you future visits to the dentist as well as money. We serve Carmichael, Arden-Arcade, Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, North Highlands and surrounding communities. Check out our website at ismiledentalspa.com or give us a call at 916-979-7122 and learn more about dental inlays and onlays today.