Inlays and onlays are two treatments we offer to patients who have experienced tooth decay. Much like fillings, they’re designed to replace that decayed tooth material. Learn whether you might be a good fit for this treatment.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Inlays or Onlays?
If you’ve experienced tooth decay, you need to replace any missing tooth material. Otherwise, the bacteria in your mouth will likely congregate in these areas, leading to further oral health complications.
While both inlays and onlays replace tooth material, they’re distinguished by the location of the replacement:
Inlays replace material in between the cusps of your tooth.
Onlays replace material on the cusp of your tooth.
Inlays and onlays are both designed to replace more tooth material than what you might expect from a filling. If you’re unsure which treatment you need, come to our office. We’ll examine your mouth to determine which form of restoration is right for you.
If we need to extract the entire tooth, you may be a better candidate for dental implants.
What to Expect from Inlays & Onlays
Patients who receive an inlay or an onlay will not need to significantly change their dietary habits. The first 24 hours after the procedure, we recommend avoiding hard or sticky foods. After that, though, you can resume your normal diet.
Inlays and onlays can last for several decades, provided you practice good oral hygiene habits.
Learn More About Inlays & Onlays at Kissimmee Family Dentistry
Wondering if you need inlays or onlays? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you have additional questions about the procedure or you’re ready to book your appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have two offices, located on Person Street and at the Loop.
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