For many years, patients with moderate to severe tooth decay and damage had few options when it came to restoring the health, function, and appearance of their affected tooth. Patients needed to select a dental filling or a dental crown, both of which can come with their own complications, especially when it comes to treating severe decay or damage.
When it comes to opting for a dental filling for extensive decay or damage, a filling can actually put a patient’s tooth at risk for further damage such as cracking, fracturing and even breaking. For dental crowns, the affected tooth often needs extensive enamel and structure removal.
At Richmond Dental, we are proud to offer both dental inlays and onlays for our patients interested in restoring moderate to severe damage and decay. Our onlays and inlays can help prevent further decay and/or damage while actually providing additional strength to your affected tooth.
Both inlays and onlays are quite similar to a dental filling. However, there are some major differences. A dental inlay is used to treat moderate to severe decay or damage that is within the cusps (the center) of a tooth. A dental onlay, however, is used for more extensive damage that extends past the cusps of the tooth and can be used to restore the entire chewing surface. Our dental onlays and inlays can also be used to replace old fillings or strengthen a tooth that has had previous restorations.
When it comes to restorative dentistry, our dental onlays and inlays have various benefits in comparison to alternatives such as fillings or even crowns. These benefits include:
Do you suffer from moderate to severe tooth decay or damage? Schedule your appointment with Richmond Dental today! We’d be happy to evaluate your smile and overall oral health to determine if our inlays, onlays or other restorative treatment options might be right for you.