We all want to have our best smiles. It is one of the first impressions one makes on a daily basis, so having a flawed one can cause issues, not only to our overall appearance, but to our self-esteem. So, if our teeth have become victim to issues like decay or cavities, we enlist our dentist to help us out. Thankfully, there are several ways to go about repairing teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay or cavities, and those restorative options include inlays and onlays. But, which is best?
Inlays and onlays are a more conservative approach than dental crowns are because they don’t require as much of your natural tooth to be removed. This procedure is also considered less invasive an in some cases, which is going to be a better choice for patients. But there are many benefits that stem from inlays and onlays:
Natural looking. Inlays and onlays are made up of a mixture of porcelain and composite resin, which creates a more natural looking appearance.
Durability. Since inlays and onlays are made from a stronger material than crowns, they typically last longer and provide additional support.
Tooth preservation. Because they don’t require your dentist to remove as much of your natural tooth structure, inlays and onlays preserve more of your natural tooth.
Hygiene. Custom-made for each individual tooth, inlays and onlays are easier to clean and bacteria is less likely to get into the affected area after treatment.
Expansion. Inlays and onlays don’t expand and contract in the same way as filling materials, reducing the stresses on the tooth.
For more information about inlays and onlays, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 9255-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly serves patients from Walnut Creek, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Alamo, Orinda and all surrounding areas.