Tooth decay is a condition experienced by a multitude of people. Not only does it compromise the appearance of the teeth but their function as well. If decay is left unattended, it can slowly spread and cause other serious oral complications. Dentists strongly advise that patients should take preventive measures early to increase their chances of avoiding the issue.
At Alliance Dental, we recommend sealants and fluoride application for children as these are effective in preventing the occurrence of the problem. However, if measures are not adequately taken, tooth decay is more likely to impact one’s oral health. We assure our patients that it is never too late to save and preserve their damaged teeth. Various options are now available to get rid of cavities and to restore the lost structures. Depending on the extent of the damage, our dentist will assess the best course of action.
For teeth that are too damaged for fillings, yet not too impaired to require a crown, we recommend inlays and onlays for its preservation. These are types of indirect prostheses that are created with the help of molds instead of applying the materials directly on the treated teeth.
Although inlays and onlays may have the same purpose, they are applied on the teeth differently. That is why a dentist would first need to check the patient’s teeth condition before deciding on the procedure to be performed.
Inlays can restore the middle part of the tooth’s chewing surface without extending to the cusps (portions of the teeth that is elevated on the sides). On the other hand, onlays can cover the entire chewing surface of the teeth extending to the cusps. Onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns due to its function on the teeth.
Inlays and Onlays Benefits
- It is considered a conservative restoration compared to the other available options since it only removes a small portion of the tooth’s natural structure.
- Inlays and onlays can restore not only the appearance of the teeth but its function as well.
- The prostheses are custom-made to resemble the natural teeth so patients can rest assured that the results would be aesthetically pleasing.
- Inlays and onlays are made to fit perfectly on the treated tooth.
The practice of regular dental hygiene would suffice in keeping the teeth and prosthesis healthy.
Restore and strengthen your teeth through Inlays and Onlays in Fort Myers, FL! Call us at Alliance Dental to book your appointment. We are located at 1400 Royal Palm Square Blvd., #101, Fort Myers, FL 33919.