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Inlays and Onlays

 3d rendering of a dental inlay, onlay, and a crown An inlay or onlay restoration can be used to close holes in your teeth and improve their functionality. You might have heard that they are the same, but they are actually quite different. An inlay is placed in your tooth to prevent further decay and cavities, while an onlay sits on top of the biting surface of the tooth. Sometimes both treatments can be combined with other dental devices like crowns to make the treatment more effective. If you are considering either of these restorations, here's what you need to know before scheduling an appointment with our dentist here at Robert H. Peterson DDS.

Advantages of Inlays and Onlays

Because they are custom-made, dental inlays and onlays can be shaped precisely to fit each individual patient's teeth. Many times, they allow a dentist or oral surgeon to save severely damaged teeth instead of extracting them. They also protect your natural teeth from fracturing and help reduce the sensitivity that many people feel due to exposed tooth roots. A good fitting inlay or onlay restoration looks just like your natural tooth. With an inlay or onlay, you can get back your complete smile without losing any healthy teeth.

Dental Inlay and Onlay Procedure

A dental inlay fills small pits or spaces in a tooth. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which is sent off to a dental lab. A technician will then create an inlay or onlay made out of porcelain or composite resin. The dentist can then make matching inlays and onlays, and on your next visit, you will receive your permanent inlay or onlay. Adjustments will also be made where necessary to ensure you are comfortable with the dental device.

When Is It Necessary to Get A Dental Inlay or Onlay?

It is essential to always look at your teeth and gums to know when to have inlays or onlays installed. Normally, inlays or onlays are used when you have a cavity in your mouth. They help seal the hole, ensuring that it does not grow and cause other oral problems. Also, after a root canal treatment, you may receive this treatment combined with a crown to make your teeth strong and restore their functionality. Apart from that, you may get an inlay or onlay if your teeth are fractured. Inlays and onlays help support weak teeth and protect them from further damage.

How Should I Take Care of My Inlay or Onlay?

Whether you just got an inlay or onlay done by the dentist, or you are going to have one done in a few weeks, here are some ways to care for your new dental work. Take care with food choices, avoid hard or sticky foods that can damage your new dental work. Be sure to pick foods that are soft enough for chewing. Hard chunks of food can chip your tooth. Also, be sure not to bite down on a hard piece of food.

Apart from that, be sure to visit the dentist regularly. Here at Robert H. Peterson DDS, you are welcome at any time. 503-635-3438 is the number you can use to book an appointment.
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