Are you confused about inlays and onlays vs. fillings? Many of our patients are unfamiliar with these terms. They are dental treatments that can help when you have a rear tooth with damage or decay.
Our Clintonville dentists are committed to using inlays and onlays to conserve more of your tooth structure.
Our dentists in Columbus, Ohio, use inlays and onlays on a rear tooth that has too much decay or other damage for fillings. At the same time, inlays and onlays are used when you have too much healthy structure to need a crown.
Inlays and onlays are the perfect middle road for dental treatment. You keep more of your original tooth, but still get the biting surface you need to chew properly.
These fixtures also have other benefits for you. Inlays are onlays are long-wearing, lasting up to 30 years. That’s a lot of chewing! They actually strengthen your tooth. Standard fillings, on the other hand, diminish the strength of a tooth. Inlays and onlays on the other hand, give your damaged tooth a longer lifespan and help you avoid further treatment.
Briefly, here’s what happens: the dentist takes out the old filling, then makes an impression of your tooth. The impression is then used as a mold, creating an inlay or onlay. The dentist fits this into your tooth, putting the tooth’s surface back to good, working order.
Here is the procedure in a little more detail.
During your first procedure, you get a shot to numb the area before the dentist removes the decay or other damage. The purpose is to clean up the area and get it ready for the inlay or onlay.
The dentist then makes the impression by positioning dental putty over the tooth. Meanwhile, to protect your tooth while the inlay or onlay is being made, the dentist may give you a temporary filling if you need two appointments.
The dentist will then take out your temporary filling and insert the inlay or onlay, making sure it fits properly. When the dentists is satisfied that it is a perfect match, the inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth, then polished for a smooth finish.
The tissue surrounding your tooth will probably be a little sensitive. This will only last a day or two. An over-the-counter medication for pain should take care of any discomfort.
The dental professionals at Capstone Dental in Clintonville are committed to helping you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Our combined experience ensures that you get the most up-to-date treatment available.
Dental technology keeps changing, and our team stays on top of the new advances and best practices. That means you get quality care and the most comfortable experience possible.
Worried about a damaged tooth? We can help. Contact Capstone Dental today for an appointment. We are conveniently located on High Street in the Clintonville area of Columbus, Ohio.