Exploring the Uses and Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Chances are you’re reading this because your dentist mentioned that you might benefit from the use of dental inlays or onlays and you have some questions about what these two terms mean. At Frank Son, DDS we’ve successfully treated countless patients in Tucson, AZ with the use of dental inlays and onlays and hope what follows helps to answer some of your questions about these restorative dentistry procedures.
The Primary Use of Dental Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are sometimes referred to as indirect fillings or partial crowns, but whichever term is used for this type of dental restoration, their purpose is the same: to correct damage from tooth decay where other treatments, such as fillings, would not be successful.
The difference between an inlay and an onlay is in their placement on the teeth. Inlays are used when decay and damage has not reached the tooth’s cusp, whereas dental onlays are used when the decay and damage reach the tooth’s cusp.
Inlays and onlays are also used to treat pain from a tooth’s nerves that have become exposed for any number of reasons. By covering the exposed nerve with the procedure, pain is eliminated.
The treatment itself takes about an hour, and has little, if any, pain associated with it. This means that patients can return to their normal activities immediately after their appointment with no downtime. If there is minor discomfort, it can be treated with an OTC remedy like ibuprofen.
Caring for Your Inlay or Onlay After Treatment
The great news about dental inlays and onlays is that they require no special care after the procedure. If you maintain your normal routine of brushing and flossing twice a day, your inlay or onlay will last for many years. Keep in mind, however, that you should still have your regularly scheduled exams and professional teeth cleaning so your dentist can monitor any potential problems.
Find Out How a Dental Inlay or Onlay Can Help Restore Your Smile
The caring and professional staff at Frank Son, DDS know how important a winning smile is to your confidence and success in Tucson. Make an appointment today to learn more about the many general and cosmetic dental procedures we can perform to help you achieve your goals!