Have you ever heard of dental inlays and onlays? What do you know about the benefits of these treatments? Briefly, these treatments are especially useful because they can be used to repair damage that a crown or filling isn’t the best option for. But there is more to them than that.
At times, a dental crown may be recommended because it can be used to repair extensive and even structural damage. Inlays and onlays may be useful if you have a cavity that is too large for a filling to repair. While inlays and onlays are both designed to repair cavities or tooth decay, inlays are specifically used to deal with damage that does not extend past the center of your tooth. Onlays, conversely, are typically used for damage that does extend beyond the center of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are useful because they preserve as much of as your natural tooth as possible. This makes cleaning your teeth easier. Similarly, some fillings–such as composite and traditional fillings–may shrink with time. Inlays and onlays don’t shrink and are also extremely durable and stable. Finally, inlays and onlays won’t stain and can last for up to 30 years.
To learn more about the care you can receive from us, we invite you to contact Saigh Family Dental at 906-265-0050. Dr. Frederick M. Saigh, III and our team will be happy to examine your smile and offer you any advice you need. We are excited to hear from you and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.