When most people think of dental work and cavities, the first procedure that comes to their mind is a filling. It is one of the more common solutions chosen when a tooth is decayed. But if there is extensive decay or a portion of your tooth is missing, a filling isn’t enough. Inlays and onlays are both extremely useful when this is the case, but they are also an excellent alternative to traditional fillings. Inlays - which are bonded inside the tooth - and onlays - which are placed over the tooth similar to a crown - provide numerous benefits.
When you make an appointment with us at our Palm City/Stuart offices, your dentist will prepare your tooth for the inlay or onlay. Once the tooth is prepped, a mold is taken of the tooth. This is the first major benefit. Unlike fillings, which can shrink during the curing process, inlays and onlays are custom-designed for your tooth and will not shrink after being placed and your tooth won’t need to be reshaped. They’re made to fit you. You and your dentist will talk about the kind of material your inlay or onlay should be made of, based on where in your mouth it is and your personal dental habits.
After your personal inlay or onlay is created, it will be fitted to your tooth. That personalized fit means they are easier to clean and allow less bacteria in. And because inlays and onlays are meant to last, they are more durable and less likely to become discolored.
You want your smile to last, and so do we. Let the dentists at Turke Advance Dental Arts be your go-to for inlays and onlays and we’ll help you keep your smile beautiful. Call our Palm City/Stuart offices for your appointment today.