Inlays and onlays are types of fillings, used to fill in cavities or cracked teeth. These are different from the classic silver fillings. Inlays and onlays are made out of a tooth-colored material, usually glass polymer, so that your filled tooth looks as natural as possible. This material is usually stronger than the traditional filling, so it lasts longer as well. But those are not the only benefits of inlays and onlays.
Strengthen Your Teeth While You Protect Them
One of the benefits of inlays and onlays is that they do more than just protect your tooth from decay or cracks. Because the glass polymer material is actually bonded into your tooth, your tooth gains more structural stability. This can help protect the rest of the natural tooth from cracking again.
Save Your Money When You Avoid Crowns
In some cases, inlays and onlays can be used by your dentist in place of a dental crown, to protect a damaged tooth from fracturing. This can be a much more cost effective procedure, saving you money. And as another benefit, inlays and onlays typically take less time to place than a crown.
Worry Less About Heavy Use
Silver fillings were not designed to hold up to heavy chewing, teeth grinding, or other types of heavy use. On the other hand, inlays and onlays are capable of withstanding a lot of pressure without shrinking, moving, or failing. This means that no food particles will be able to get under your filling, causing more decay.
Learn More About Inlays and Onlays in Edmonton
If you are considering the benefits of inlays and onlays for your next dental appointment, your dentist in Edmonton can help you understand the process. We are happy to schedule a consultation any time. Call Sana Dental at our office at 1.780.476.3391, or contact us online.