Although many people hate going to the dentist, it’s necessary to get regular dental checkups. If you skip them, it can lead to a slew of dental and gum problems, including cavities, crooked teeth, and gum disease.
Still, many people every year require restorative dental procedures to help stop or correct dental issues, and inlays or onlays are a helpful way to restore damaged teeth. They are available to restore teeth to ensure their structure remains stable and functional.
Dental inlays are available as fillings for teeth that have suffered from decay or damage. They look natural and match the color of teeth while providing durable support for years to come. Inlays are strong and made from durable materials that are custom-made to fit each individual patient. They are also easy to clean as you can brush and floss normally with them.
Traditionally, dentists turned to metal fillings when patients had cavities or damage to their teeth. Dental inlays are an option for fixing damaged teeth for a natural appearance, as they’re made from either porcelain or composite resin. Inlays are also more affordable than other treatments, such as a crown, when your restorative needs are minimal.
There is no special type of care when it comes to dental inlays. You simply brush your teeth twice per day and floss once per day as normal.
When the teeth have damage at their tips or on the sides, a dentist can fix these issues by using dental onlays. Onlays are made in a laboratory and are then bonded directly to the teeth. Unlike inlays, which repair the center or insides of teeth, onlays are meant to fix a problem at the bottom or sides of a tooth.
Dental onlays are made of porcelain or composite resin, just like inlays. They can also be made of gold when it’s a viable treatment option. You can ask Dr. Khan about your options based on insurance and your ability to pay for custom dental onlays.
Dental onlays offer several benefits when you have damage to your teeth. Like dental inlays, they are very easy to care for and only require your regular brushing and flossing routine. They are made to match the natural color of your teeth, so they’re virtually unnoticeable.
Onlays made of porcelain or gold will keep their original size and not shrink. However, those made of other metal or resin may shrink over time and require replacing.
No matter how long it’s been since your last checkup, it’s always a good time to see a dentist to care for your teeth so you can enjoy a healthy smile and functional mouth. Dr. Khan welcomes new patients and accepts all major insurance plans to ensure you can afford whatever dental care and procedures you may need. Feel free to contact IKON Dental Group any time by filling out a contact form online or by calling our offices during business hours.