Inlays and Onlays To Give Your Teeth A Natural Look

inlays for a natural smileTypically, dental fillings are used to repair minor tooth damage and decay. When more than half of a tooth is damaged, Dr. Holladay may advise replacing the damaged structure with an inlay or onlay. Many times, these are conservative alternatives to crowns. They can protect the tooth and restore strength, like a crown. And, like a fully ceramic crown, they make your teeth look beautiful again. Their strength and beauty make them an ideal choice to replace old metal fillings. However, they preserve natural tooth material that would need to be removed to place a crown.

To learn whether an inlay or onlay can restore damage to your natural teeth, please call  today for an appointment with Myrtle Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Dustin Holladay.

Inlay or Onlay: Which Is Right for Me?

If the damage is minimal, inlays are appropriate. When the damage is more extensive (but not enough to warrant replacement with a crown) onlays may be best.

Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain, gold or composite resins that are bonded directly to the teeth. These materials are much stronger than traditional blended-metal fillings and can help prevent further decay or damage.

The Inlay or Onlay Procedure

First, Dr. Holladay will remove the damaged areas (or old fillings). He then takes an impression, which is sent to a dental lab where the restoration is constructed. He will fit you with a temporary restoration.

After the inlay is completed, Dr. Holladay will check for proper fit, then bond the well-fitted onlay or inlay to your tooth with a strong resin.

Benefits of Inlays or Onlays

Have you ever opened your mouth and saw those old silver fillings you got when you were a kid and thought I wish I could be rid of those?  They certainly are not very attractive.  An inlay or onlay is used quite often to replace those older silver type fillings.  As you can see from the picture on this page that they are a far better choice when getting your teeth filled and will even last your longer with the proper care.

Care of Your Teeth after Getting an Inlay or Onlay

Now just because you have this new material in or on your teeth doesn’t mean you can let up on the brushing or the flossing.  If you want to have your restorations last a long time, then you need to make sure you care for your teeth that much more.  Prevention by a good at home oral hygiene program and keeping regular appointments with your dentist is a lot less money than having to have any type of dental restoration or treatment done.  So take good care of those teeth and it will save your time and money in the dental office.

To learn how inlays and onlays can restore the health and beauty of your smile, please call  today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Dustin Holladay at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry in Myrtle Beach.