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Inlays & Onlays
Teeth are rarely perfect, and most people will need some kind of correction or treatment at some point in their lives. Luckily, modern dentistry offers many different solutions to these issues, many of which are straightforward, easy to use, and painless with virtually no downtime. Inlays and onlays are examples of this. The non-invasive placing procedure for each of these can fix small dental problems and leave teeth healthy and strong. Please don’t hesitate to visit our offices at Henricksen Family Dental for more information about whether inlays and onlays are a good fit for your dental needs.
Great for Minor Dental Needs
Inlays and onlays are similar to fillings. They are placed to replace tooth structure lost to decay, with inlays being placed inside the tooth and onlays extending from the interior of the tooth to the chewing surface of back teeth to replace a cusp. Inlays and onlays work well for minor dental problems such as a cavity or chip. They are especially useful after a dental procedure where part of the tooth is left exposed and the enamel is taken off.
One advantage of getting inlays or onlays is that the procedure to place them is non-invasive and does not take up too much of your time. They are also convenient because, unlike other dental solutions, they depend on the tooth and not the gum for support. That generally means that there’s no need to wait for any existing tissue damage to heal before placing them. Inlays and onlays, once bonded to your teeth, can also improve its overall strength, reinforcing it against wear and tear.
Improves Overall Functionality
When you suffer a tooth injury it becomes difficult for your tooth to function due to potentially constant sensitivity and pain that goes along with these issues. The only way you will be able to overcome these problems and use your tooth normally is to have it repaired by a dental professional. One of the easiest and most convenient ways to regain the functionality of your tooth is via the use of inlays and onlays.
Much like fillings, which are widely considered a common and simple dental procedure, inlays and onlays are quick and easy to place and generally require no downtime. You can have your tooth fixed and return to your daily life right away with a tooth that feels better and operates the way it is supposed to.
In the past, inlays and onlays were made of gold alone. They did not blend in well with existing teeth and sometimes people neglected to have dental issues fixed in order to avoid their artificial appearance. One of the best things about today’s inlays and onlays is that they match with your tooth color, making them aesthetically pleasing in addition to strong and effective. This is true even if you need one on a front tooth - their appearance will match your existing teeth and blend in well.
If you have a crack or a compromised tooth, please give us a call at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental so that we can help.