Accidents happen. But when the accident involves chipping or breaking a tooth, it is a slight cause for panic. After all, our smile is the first thing people notice. Flaws are difficult to hide. And if the tooth issue is major, it is replaced with a whole new manufactured tooth. But what if the issue is minimal and an entire tooth replacement isn’t necessary? Worry not…now we have a solution – inlays and onlays.
Dental inlays and onlays are frequently used to restore teeth that are severely damaged by decay or wear. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaced of the back teeth. They provide more strength than a filling and are more conservative than a full dental crown.
A porcelain dental inlay or dental onlay is fabricated to fit your tooth precisely and is bonded tightly in place to strengthen and protect the damaged tooth. Like a dental crown, a dental inlay or onlay covers and protects the tooth’s biting surface. Where a dental crown covers the entire tooth, an inlay or onlay fits inside the tooth cusps and covers only the biting surfaces. Because they are fabricated in a dental laboratory, it takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with either version.
No matter the dental emergency, there is a solution to bringing your smile back to new. If you happen to have a dental issue that needs attention, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your smile.
To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.
Dr. Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside, Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore and all surrounding areas.