Use dental inlays and onlays to correct damage done by tooth decay. Bal Harbour Smiles is the smart choice for inlays and onlays in Miami Beach.
About Inlays and Onlays
Inlays fill the void inside a tooth created by decay. Unlike a filling, an inlay is one solid piece of material sculpted to precisely fill the space inside the tooth.
Onlays fill the inside of the tooth, too. However, they also extend to the outside of the tooth, covering one or both sides of the tooth’s biting surface.
How Inlays and Onlays Work
The dentist first numbs the tooth and the surrounding area. Next he removes the decayed portion of the tooth.
Then he makes an impression of the hole in the tooth left after the removal of the decay. The impression will serve as the guideline for fashioning the inlay/onlay.
The goal is to create a precise measurement so that the inlay/onlay will fit perfectly without any gaps.
The dentist fits the patient with a temporary filling until the inlay/onlay is ready.
On a return visit to the office, the patient’s inlay/onlay is then securely bonded to the tooth.
Why Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are often better options than crowns for some patients because they’re less invasive.
A dentist always tries to preserve as much of a natural healthy tooth as possible. Procedures for inlays and onlays don’t target the healthy portion of the tooth but focus on the damaged and decayed section.
A crown covers more of the tooth than either an inlay or onlay. In order to make a crown fit the tooth more of the tooth has to be removed.
An onlay requires more attention to detail and experience on the part of the dentist.
That’s why you should make an appointment with Bal Harbour Smiles for consultation regarding a possible inlay or onlay.