Inlays & Onlays
Those patients who have been diagnosed with cavities have an easy solution. There are a few different types of restorative dental procedures that can help to restore the oral cavity to a high degree of health. Most people know that fillings are used to treat cavities but are unaware that fillings can also be used for other treatments as well. For instance, they can address improper spacing with teeth.
The two most common types of fillings are inlays and onlays. For smaller cavities, an inlay filling is a type recommended. However, when the cavity is considered large and the damage significant, an onlay filling is necessary. According to the American Dental Association, significant damage occurs when the damage stretches beyond the cusp of the tooth. Regardless of the type of filling, an assessment needs to be done on the patient to determine the best course of treatment.
Those patients suffering from acute pain in a specific tooth might have a cavity. They should come to see us at the office so we can evaluate and determine the best course of treatment moving forward. We can discuss the types of fillings, and which one would best meet your needs. Our office location is in Norfolk, VA.
How Long Will Fillings Last?
The lifespan of an inlay or onlay filling is largely dependent upon what type of material was used to produce them. The first fillings were made out of gold. While fillings today are still made out of gold, porcelain has become the chosen material. In part, this shift is because of the lower cost and the fact that the filling can be tinted to match the color of the patient's teeth to make them blend in better. Despite this, gold is still considered the most durable and can help fortify the damaged tooth by up to 75% in certain cases. Fillings can last up to 30 years because they do not erode easily. When patients come into our office, we can evaluate their situation and discuss the type of fillings necessary to best treat their condition.
Inlays and Onlays vs. Crowns
Any patient suffering from erosion, decay, or cavities can benefit from having a filling placed, however, there is an alternative solution available. That is having a crown placed. When having a crown placed, the damaged tooth will have to be worn down in order to make enough room for the crown, so the patient's biting motion does not change. With inlays and onlays, this is not necessary. Crowns are also more expensive than inlays and onlays.
When Do I Need Inlays and Onlays?
When a tooth suffers damage, whether, by cavity, disease, or trauma, inlays and onlays can help restore the lost functionality of the tooth. Whether the damage is large or small, fillings can return the tooth to normal functionality.
Any patient who wants to find out more about inlays and onlays should come to our Bonnie & Simone office. We can also be reached by phone at (757) 540-1028. Call us today to get your office visit scheduled.