Restorative dentistry is a significant field because it focuses on restoring the overall health and wellness of the mouth by improving the teeth, gums, or jawbone. As people age, they often experience a variety of problems with the mouth, especially related to gum disease and the health of their teeth. When this happens, restorative dentistry is essential, including the installation of inlays and onlays.
Inlays are used instead of fillings to replace the interior of a tooth that has been lost to decay. In other words, they can be used to seal cavities. Traditionally, inlays were made of gold, but most modern dentists use ceramic, porcelain, or a synthetic resin. The inlay can actually improve the overall strength of the tooth.
Onlays, on the other hand, will fit inside the tooth but will also sit on the top to replace a damaged chewing surface or cusp. Like inlays, modern onlays are made of ceramic, porcelain, or synthetic resin to match the overall color of the teeth. Onlays are a strong alternative to traditional fillings or dental bonding, making them a good choice for someone seeking to improve the strength of their teeth.
Inlays and onlays need to be designed and placed by a qualified dentist. Here at Digital Smiles, our dentists are experienced in restorative dentistry and can meet with you to discuss whether either procedure will benefit your oral health and wellness. The first step is to schedule an appointment, so a visual and tactile exam of the mouth can be performed. The dentist will also take x-rays to determine the full extent of any damage or decay.
After examining the mouth, the dentist can inform you whether there is enough healthy material left in the tooth to install an inlay or onlay. If there is, the infected soft pulp from the interior of the tooth will be removed using special tools. A numbing agent will typically be applied to prevent pain. The interior is then sanitized to prevent bacterial growth, and the inlay or onlay can be installed and bonded into place.
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