When Inlays and Onlays are your Best Options

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Do you know what type of treatment your dentist might recommend if you have a cavity? Inlays and Onlays can be your best options when you have a mild to moderate amount of decay or cavity. They are used to restore teeth that are fractured especially if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown.

Dental Inlays are pre-molded fillings used to treat teeth that have damage lying within indented top surfaces and between the cusps of the teeth. During your initial dental visit, an impression of your tooth will be taken, and a temporary inlay will be put over your tooth. At your second consultation, the temporary filling will be removed, and the permanent inlays will be placed. Inlays are generally made from composite resin material or porcelain that can match the color of your tooth, which makes them look so natural and no one would dare think that you had a dental restoration.

Whereas inlays are made to treat decay within the cusps, or top surfaces of a tooth, onlays are used to treat a cavity that has more extensive damage to the cusp or tips of the tooth and even your biting surfaces. Similar to inlays, a dental impression is taken, which will be sent to a lab, and then temporary onlays are placed over your tooth. After a week or more, the temporary onlays are removed, and the permanent ones are then put over your tooth.

If you think that you may have mild to moderate forms of decay or cavities, consult our dental team at Smiles First Cornwall, you may need to have an inlays or onlays treatment depending on your case. You can contact our office in Cornwall, to learn more about the dental treatment procedure options for you.

-The Smiles First Cornwall Team

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