Am I a Candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

Am I a Candidate for Inlays and Onlays?

July 25, 2017 Inlays and Onlays

It is interesting to note how many people understand concepts like dental fillings, root canals, bonding and dental crowns, but how few know about inlays and onlays. These are both a form of restorative dentistry that are like dental fillings, but are much less invasive and destructive to the tooth. At Sana Dental in Edmonton, AB, we offer our patients an extensive list of treatment options, and encourage them to learn how we identify a candidate for inlays and onlays.

Understanding Treatment

As your trusted dentist in Edmonton, we want you to fully understand your options. Inlays and onlays are very interesting forms of restorative treatment. To understand just how they work means knowing about the structure of the tooth. If you look at a tooth, it features the roots that are hidden beneath the gums. There is then the crown, and at the top of the crown are the “cusps”. These are the pointed and ridged areas used for chewing and eating. It is the cusps that are the emphasis of inlay and onlay treatments.

A candidate for inlays and onlays is someone with only a mild to moderate amount of tooth decay that is limited to the cusp area of the tooth. A strong candidate for inlays and onlays is someone who wants an esthetically appealing filling that is entirely undetectable to the naked eye. They will want to preserve as much of the healthy tooth as possible, and they will be willing to receive a bit of an alternative treatment to the typical filling.

The way these work is simple, and both are created from the same resin materials colored to match the tooth. The inlay addresses decay that is found only within the space between the cusps. The onlay deals with the area of the inlay as well as one or more of the cusps. The dentist removes decay and treats it and then bonds the inlay or onlay to the tooth, offering it immense strength and function.

Find Out if Inlays and Onlays Are Right for You

Are you eager to know if you are a candidate for inlays and onlays to address your dental decay or tooth pain? If so, give us a call at our Edmonton, AB office at 1-780-476-3391. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.

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