If you’re looking for an alternative to fillings and crowns, you may consider inlays and onlays. It’s a good option when you have a tooth that is too damaged to hold a filling but is not badly broken to cover with a crown. Inlays and onlays are considered as indirect restorations because they are created in a dental lab before bonding it to your tooth. The restorative procedure can treat tooth decay and other structural damage, prevent the spread of tooth decay, replace damaged area of the tooth, protect your tooth from further damage, and preserves your original teeth.

What is the difference between the two? Inlays are placed within the center of the tooth while onlays are applied when the damage extends to one or more cusps or if it requires full coverage of the biting surface. Your Kennewick WA dentist’s goal is to restore both the form and function of your teeth.

The procedure is simple and can be completed in just two appointments. On your first visit, your dentist will numb the area using a local anesthetic. Then, he’ll prepare your tooth by removing the decayed or damaged part. Take note that he’ll just trim a small portion of the tooth structure. Next, he will take impressions of your teeth and send the mold to the offsite lab. You will wear a temporary restoration while waiting for the fabrication of your inlay or onlay. Once it’s ready, you will come back for the removal of the provisional temporary and placement of the inlay or onlay.

Your Kennewick dentist will recommend the best type of material to use and select the one that matches the color of your existing teeth. Porcelain inlay and onlays are usually chosen because of it looks more natural and aesthetically pleasing.

If you need more information about porcelain inlays and onlays, you may contact Dr. Walter Hadley at Marineland Dental Care by calling 509-591-0515.

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