In essence, inlays and inlays are restorative treatments designed to reconstruct the structural integrity of teeth. Whether through trauma, such as chipping a significant portion of a tooth, or because of unchecked tooth decay caused by a cavity, inlays and onlays literally rebuild your tooth.
The ideal patient straddles the line between needing a traditional dental filling or a dental crown. Typically, this procedure is favoured when there’s too little viable tooth caused by decay or damage in the tooth structure for a successful filling, but with enough healthy tooth left so a dental crown is unnecessary. Instead of eliminating the rest of the healthy tooth structure for a crown, or risking a filling falling out, inlays and inlays keep more of your original tooth, which is always recommended.
The primary goal of this procedure is to boost the overall health and viability of a damaged tooth. For many patients, this treatment offers a myriad of benefits not achievable by standard metal fillings. Some of the most noteworthy advantages include:
Based upon the tooth, either an inlay or an onlay is used. An inlay actually fits within the tooth, much like a puzzle piece. Onlays are just that, it lays on the prepared surface of a tooth. They may be made out of porcelain, gold or composite. During your initial appointment, the dentist will determine which procedure is best for your unique situation along with the ideal material.
Two appointments are necessary for this procedure. The first involves preparing the area and the second visit is to install the actual inlay or onlay.
Initial Appointment | Preparing the Site
The Final Step | Installing Your Inlay or Onlay
If you have a damaged or decaying tooth, you could be playing with borrowed time until what feels like a minor situation erupts into a serious dental issue. While there are many capable dentists in Box Hill, few deliver the experience and compassion our staff delivers each day. Whether you’re looking to begin the procedure or simply need more information, call us today at (03) 9899 0288 and schedule your appointment today!
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