While normal dental fillings are typically enough to restore your smile when you get a cavity, sometimes the space left over requires an alternative treatment. Our Brooklawn Dental Associates team might recommend inlays or onlays to protect your decayed teeth.
We usually place inlays for situations similar to what would only require a filling. They are made of ceramic or porcelain and shaped to perfectly sit where the decayed part of your tooth had to be removed.
Our dentists place onlays inside the tooth as well, but they’re meant to be used specifically for larger spaces left by decay. They are typically required for those who let the cavity spread too far.
When it comes to tooth decay, your dentist will often be left with several options – fillings, crowns, inlays, or onlays. It can be difficult to determine which is best, but a skilled dentist will be able to analyze what is required to keep your teeth healthy.
Cost can play another factor in the decision, as inlays and onlays are more inexpensive than placing a crown. If you ever have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Inlays and onlays can return your smile back to its natural beauty while restoring proper oral function. Some of the benefits you can expect to notice, include:
If you have tooth decay and are unsure which treatment option is best for you, let us know! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.