Years ago, the best way to fill a cavity or protect a cracked tooth was with a filling. However, restorative dentistry has a lot more options these days. Inlays and onlays are restoration procedures that look similar to fillings, but offer a variety of improved benefits. As your dentist in Turlock, we can offer our services as your inlays and onlays specialist for any restorative procedures you may need. Here are some of the top benefits of inlays and onlays to consider.
Inlays and Onlays is Custom Made
Fillings only take a single visit to the dentist because they are a “one size fits all” solution to decay or cracked teeth. With an inlay or onlay, you will visit the dentist twice. The first visit will involve taking a mold of your tooth, and sending the impression to our partner lab to create a custom inlay or onlay. Your next visit results in the glass polymer inlay or onlay being placed, where it is bonded to your tooth with a strong adhesive.
Inlays and Onlays Match Your Teeth
If you had cavities as a child, you may still have a mouth full of silver fillings that can be seen when you laugh or speak. One of the top benefits of inlays and onlays is that they match your natural tooth. As a restorative dentistry procedure, inlays and onlays keep your teeth safe from future decay, but as a cosmetic procedure, you will not have to worry about visible fillings ever again.
Inlays and Onlays Strengthen Your Teeth
One of the most unique benefits of inlays and onlays is that they go beyond protecting your tooth, and also strengthen the tooth. Your tooth will be more resistant to fracture, and can continue to stand up to heavy chewing and pressure. This type of procedure is often more affordable than a full crown for a chipped or cracked tooth.