Sometimes teeth can become severely decayed or cracked, and an inlay or onlay will be used to prevent the problem from worsening. Our dentist at First Dental uses tooth-colored porcelain so that we can restore the strength and durability of your tooth while still maintaining the aesthetics of the original. Because inlays and onlays are so versatile, they are often used to alleviate a variety of dental issues.
In minor situations, Dr. Ryan P. Lehmkuhler will use a dental inlay in Dodge City, Kansas, to repair the damaged tooth. In this case, a portion of the tooth is removed and replaced with tooth-colored porcelain that matches the look of the original. With inlays, this procedure is performed specifically within the cusps or points of a tooth. Usually this small procedure will stop the damage from spreading and no other treatments will be needed.
Sometimes the damage to the tooth is on the outside portion of the tooth. In this scenario, Dr. Ryan P. Lehmkuhler will use an onlay to repair the damage. Onlays are similar to inlays because they may start in the grooves of the tooth, but it continues over at least one of the cusps as well. In some cases, an inlay or onlay will be used to replace an old filling, which improves both the aesthetic and functional components of the tooth.
To learn more about the benefits of dental inlays and onlays, call our office today.