Nothing is worse than suffering from a toothache, but the good news is that restoring your tooth to health is a simple process that your dentist conducts using inlays or onlays. Dr. Mukesh Patel and his team at the Ontario Dental Center in Ontario, CA, can provide you with the best option for your particular situation. But first, let’s explore the differences between inlays and onlays. Both onlays and inlays are used to strengthen a damaged tooth and restore it to its normal shape. Both are great options over traditional dental crowns since they offer longer-lasting fillings for your teeth.
If damage has occurred between the cusps of your tooth, especially if the tooth affected happens to be a premolar or a molar, an inlay is the most effective option because it fits inside the cusp. Inlays can be made of a material that is the same color as your other teeth so they will blend in, and it also bonds to your teeth, helping seal the damaged tooth.
If you have major damage to your tooth, an onlay is a better option, especially if the damage goes beyond the cusp of your tooth. An onlay will basically cover at least one of your back teeth and will still fit inside of your damaged tooth and bond with it. Onlays are made from various materials, including gold and silver, but there are tooth-coloured options like inlays.
The process that Dr. Patel uses for both inlays and onlays is the same. The first step is to remove the area of your tooth that has decayed. A mold of your tooth will be taken and customized. Once it’s ready, it will be fixed on to your tooth using adhesive cement, and you will leave with no pain.
Call (909) 414-3535 and contact the team at the Ontario Dental Center in Ontario, CA, today for all your dental care needs!