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.
Crowns are extremely useful restorations because they can be used to strengthen your teeth and repair extensive damage. Similarly, fillings could be used to restore your ability to chew and speak comfortably after developing a cavity. Inlays and onlays can be very useful because they address damage that won’t need a crown but is also too severe for a filling. 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, on the other hand, 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.
If you’re interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. David Blake Lawlor, DDS, LLC at 316-684-5511. Dr. Blake Lawlor and our team will be happy to answer any question you have. We’re eager to hear from you soon!