We Can Strengthen Your Teeth with Inlays and Onlays
Strong, healthy teeth are vital to your oral and overall health. The team at Mountainside Dental Care can help maintain or restore your teeth to a pristine condition at our clinic in Yucaipa, CA. Dr. Steven M. Wolfram leads our staff of dental professionals, who are all committed to helping you smile confidently and enabling you to eat your favorite foods. Our practice offers family, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry services. Among our specialties are dental inlays and Onlays. We recommend these dental solutions as alternatives to traditional dental fillings or crowns. If you suffer from moderate-to-significant tooth decay, inlays and onlays may be right for you. Call our team today to learn more about these dental solutions.
What are Dental Inlays?
Dental inlays are restorative solutions that can be used instead of traditional fillings for patients who have experienced tooth decay. They are most effective when a traditional filling is not enough to fill a cavity, but a crown would be too much. Similar to fillings, an inlay fills cavities in teeth. The dental experts at Mountainside Dental Care will ensure a perfect fit by using an imprint of your mouth to manufacture an inlay unique to your tooth. An inlay can be made using porcelain or composite material. It will fill the hollowed area of your tooth but will not affect the cusps. Dental inlays are made to match the color of your existing teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference, so feel free to smile with impunity.
How an Inlay Differs from an Onlay
An onlay is also used to repair damage from tooth decay and cavities. However, rather than filling a hollowed area, it is placed over a cavity. Onlays repair damage on the biting surfaces of teeth as well as their cusps. Not only will an onlay strengthen your tooth, but it will protect the decaying area. The preparation process for onlays is similar to that of fillings. Your dentist will drill the cavity and clean the area. We will then take an impression of your teeth for use manufacturing a precise onlay, but we will cover your cavity with a temporary onlay in the meantime. Once your permanent onlay is ready, we will welcome you back to our Yucaipa, CA clinic for its placement.
Are Inlays and Onlays Better than Fillings
Inlays and Onlays are similar to fillings, but many of our patients opt for these solutions because of their preciseness. We can fashion inlays and onlays to fit and blend in with your teeth perfectly so that no one will even notice they are there. An inlay is cemented into the tooth and is best when the decay is too severe for a simple filling. Onlays most resemble crowns. Some professionals even refer to onlays as partial crowns. They will preserve the structure of your tooth without needing to file it or remove its cusps, as would be necessary for a crown.
Reasons for Receiving Inlays or Onlays
If you have cavities, inlays and onlays can arrest tooth decay and preserve your teeth’s function. Without these restorations, your teeth would be prone to rotting further or even falling out. But stopping tooth decay is only one of the reasons people receive inlays or onlays. Our patients also opt for these solutions to:
- Enhance their smile – Inlays and Onlays are made using composite resin or porcelain, which can enhance or whiten one’s smile.
- Improve dental health – You can improve your dental hygiene by using an inlay or onlay, thus bettering your oral health. These solutions prohibit bacteria from entering crevices in your gums or teeth.
- Eliminate worries about fillings – Those who are concerned about fillings expanding and contracting over time choose inlays and onlays because they are customized to fit teeth perfectly.
- Save on future dental bills – By choosing inlays or onlays, you will strengthen your teeth and reduce the likelihood of future damages.
Inlays and Onlays are Permanent Solutions
Inlays and onlays are manufactured to last a lifetime. You will need to care for them as you would your natural teeth, with daily flossing and brushing and regular checkups at Mountainside Dental Care. But if you do those things, your inlays and onlays will serve as permanent solutions for cavities and tooth decay.
Contact Mountainside Dental Care Today
If you want to strengthen your teeth and preserve your smile despite cavities, inlays and onlays may be right for you. Each serves the same purpose, but the team at Mountainside Dental Care will help you determine which is more appropriate based on the severity of your tooth decay. We have been serving patients from throughout Yucaipa, CA for years, and we are eager to help you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.