Sometimes a simple dental filling is not sufficient to restore a tooth affected by decay. Yet the tooth might not be so damaged that it needs to be capped with a dental crown. In such cases, an inlay or an onlay might be the right option for restoring the tooth. Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski, the skilled dentists at Miswak Dentistry in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL, can determine if inlays or onlays can be used to restore your damaged tooth.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are restorations that can be thought of as indirect fillings. Regular dental fillings, or direct fillings, are applied directly to the tooth right away when treating a cavity. Inlays and onlays are applied later during a subsequent appointment.
After removing all signs of decay, instead of immediately filling the tooth, a physical or digital impression is made. The impression will be used by a dental laboratory to fabricate a metal, ceramic, or resin restoration. In the interim, a temporary filling is attached to the affected tooth to protect it until the inlay or onlay is ready. Once ready, the patient returns to the dental office to have the restoration placed on the corresponding tooth.
Inlays and onlays are typically used to restore teeth or molars. Restorations that fit within or between the small points or cusps of a molar are called inlays. If the restoration covers one or more of the points or cusps it is referred to as an onlay. The experienced dentists at our office in Ukrainian Village, IL, can restore your tooth with an inlay or onlay.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
There are many benefits to restoring damaged teeth with inlays or onlays. For instance, they are strong, durable, and can last for many years. Another significant advantage of these restorations is that less drilling is needed to place an inlay or onlay as compared to a dental crown, which requires significant reshaping of the natural tooth.
Five reasons to choose inlay and onlay restorations include:
- Strengthening and restoring teeth damaged by decay
- Stopping decay from spreading
- Restoring teeth damaged by decay
- Preserving more natural tooth structure than crowns
- Restoring biting and chewing functions
There are many reasons to choose an inlay or onlay restoration to repair a damaged tooth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Riyal or Dr. Kaminski to learn more about inlays and onlays by calling Miswak Dentistry in Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL, at (773) 661-0330.