When Are Dental Onlays or Inlays Recommended?

Posted on: May 16, 2018

Dental onlays and inlays are necessary to remedy damaged rear teeth that are not in bad enough shape to need a crown. These oral health restorations are primarily used to correct fractured, cracked or decayed teeth when the damage is mild or moderate. In certain instances, inlays or onlays can function in place of a cavity filling.

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Dental Onlays and Inlays Protect Your Teeth and Rebuild Your Smile

When you meet with your dentist to discuss your oral health and smile, the dentist might recommend the use of inlays/onlays. These dental restorations rejuvenate smiles and safeguard teeth. Also known as partial crowns, this type of restorative dentistry is perfect for those seeking to remedy a certain type of damage to the teeth. Inlays are the perfect alternative for conventional metal fillings.

Onlays repair even harsher damage inflicted on teeth. After repairing the damage, your smile will look gorgeous. There is no need to bother with over-the-counter teeth whitening products when your dentist can beautify your teeth with dental onlays. Porcelain onlays resemble natural teeth to provide a natural appearance.

Dental Inlays and Onlays Extend the Life of Teeth

These dental restorations are ideal for patients in search of a way to prolong the life of their teeth. Onlays and inlays are made with extremely durable materials like porcelain and gold. These materials are meant to last decades or even an entire lifetime. Choosing such durable dental restorations and your teeth will prove resistant to degradation and damage across posterity. The same is not always true of fillings and crowns that will almost certainly need replacement at some point in the future.

Select a Durable Solution for Your Compromised Teeth

Your dentist might suggest dental inlay and onlays correct specific types of damage. Inlays are best suited to remedy cavities and additional damage. Onlays remedy even more extensive damage caused to the cusps of the tooth. Each is cemented to the tooth after the damaged section is taken away and prepped. These dental restorations are cemented directly on the tooth so they serve as a durable solution for compromised teeth.

Once your dental inlay/onlay is in place, you will enjoy a tight seal over the tooth that wards off additional damage, inflammation and infection. Your dental onlay/inlay will prove scratch-resistant as time progresses, providing you with a beautiful smile that looks perfectly natural.

Onlays and Inlays Strengthen Teeth and Eliminate Concerns of Expanded Fillings

Patients who have particularly weak or vulnerable teeth will find inlays are a superior option to metal fillings. Inlays bolster tooth strength while metal fillings have the potential to reduce strength.  Enhance your tooth strength with inlays/onlays and your chompers will be that much better protected against additional damage, infection and disease.

Furthermore, inlays and onlays will not expand as time progresses like traditional metal fillings. Expanded fillings can prove painful and possibly even require replacement.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment with Edward A. Owens DMD, request an appointment in our Williamsburg dental office here: https://www.dredwardaowens.com. Or call us at (757) 229-6414.


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