Fix Damaged or Decayed Teeth
What Are Dental Inlays and Onlays?
While fillings and crowns are the typical treatment for treating cavities, dental decay, or broken teeth, dental inlays and onlays are an excellent alternative for fixing your damaged teeth because fillings are utilized to fill small cavities. In contrast, crowns are typically used when there is a larger fracture or the tooth decay is more extensive.
What is the Difference Between Inlays and Onlays?
An inlay fills a cavity within or on the exterior of your tooth. An onlay fills a larger surface of the tooth without capping it completely as a dental crown would. They are both made from the same tooth-colored composite materials, but they cover different areas of the tooth based on the health of the tooth.
Inlays are custom-made using composite materials or sometimes porcelain to fit your tooth’s surface to repair damage or decay that doesn’t affect the cusp of the tooth. They are much stronger and more durable than traditional fillings. After preparing the area and removing the tooth decay, we take an impression of the tooth and then send it to a dental lab to create the inlay. An inlay will fit perfectly into the space; we will make it match your natural tooth perfectly so nobody can tell it is there.
Dr. Giraldo uses onlays or partial crowns when we need to repair a large portion of the chewing surface, the space between teeth or if the structure of the tooth has been compromised. The reason we use an onlay as opposed to a crown in these situations is so we can preserve more of your existing tooth’s structure.
Dental Inlay Model
Dental Onlay Model
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are more durable and last longer than composite fillings, with a life expectancy of nearly 20 years. While they are more expensive than a filling, they are less expensive than a crown, and the better your oral hygiene routine is, the longer they will last.
When Do We Recommend an Inlay or Onlay?
Dr. Giraldo will recommend an inlay or an onlay depending on your needs, but some situations where we suggest them are when you have decayed teeth, worn teeth, need to improve your bite, repair old or worn restorations.
Our Promise To You
Why Choose Brilliant Smiles of Hollywood for your dental inlay or onlays
We know our patients have many options for receiving high-quality dental inlay or onlays in the Hollywood, FL area, which is why our team is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of dental care in a welcoming, safe, comfortable, and healthy atmosphere. We are here to serve your dental inlay or onlay tooth restoration needs every step of the way without judgment or shame you for having less than perfect teeth. Your visit will be a comfortable and positive experience, and we look forward to helping you avoid dental problems, enjoy an amazing natural smile, and the lifelong benefits of good oral health.
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