When you have a cavity that is too extensive for a simple filling yet not large enough to require a crown, your dentist at North Creek Dental Care of Naperville may recommend a third option: inlays or onlays. A commonly overlooked dental procedure, inlays and onlays from a dentist Dr. Thomas Ryan are a safe, reliable and effective tooth restoration solution. Continue reading to learn all about this very common tooth restoration procedure.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are very similar to fillings in that they fill in a missing segment of a tooth that has been compromised by tooth decay. The difference, however, is that inlays and onlays cover more area and are custom-made in a laboratory and later securely bonded to the teeth for best results. They require two office visits instead of one, but the results are more stable and long-lasting. Inlays replace the inner part of the biting surface of the tooth while onlays extend over the cusps of the tooth as well.
What are the Advantages of Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays from Dr. Ryan at North Creek Dental Care of Naperville offer several distinct advantages. For example, inlays and onlays are extremely durable and reliable. Whereas filling can actually weaken a tooth, inlays and onlays actually strength teeth--even teeth that are cracked or chipped. Inlays and onlays resist wear and tear, and they don't expand or trap bacteria like fillings can. Inlays and onlays are also very natural looking and stain-resistant, and they may be a cheaper option than dental crowns.
If your teeth too badly decayed for fillings yet not damaged enough for replacement with a dental crown, inlays and onlays from your Naperville, IL dentist Dr. Ryan may be just right for you. Call North Creek Dental Care of Naperville to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options today.