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Dental Inlays and Onlays in Georgetown, TX

Trade Winds Dental offers a variety of dental Inlays and Onlays in Georgetown, TX. Dental inlays and onlays are forms of indirect fillings. They offering a stronger, well-fitting, and more durable solution for tooth decay or damage. An inlay fits within the cusps of a tooth, similar to a traditional filling. An onlay covers one or more cusps, addressing more extensive damage. These fittings are made from porcelain or composite resin for their durability and closely matched appearance to natural teeth. Inlays and onlays are fabricated in a dental lab before being bonded to the damaged tooth. This offers a precise fit and aesthetically pleasing restoration.

The Essential Guide to Dental Inlays and Onlays

Examining teeth for inlays and onlays - Trade Winds Dental

Dentists recommend inlays and onlays for several compelling reasons. Primarily, these restorations provide a superior fit, preserving more of the natural tooth structure than traditional fillings. This aspect is especially crucial for maintaining the strength and longevity of the tooth. They offer exceptional durability, often lasting up to 30 years with proper care, significantly longer than conventional fillings. The materials used for inlays and onlays not only replicate the look of natural teeth, but also resist staining, ensuring an aesthetic appearance over time. Additionally, inlays and onlays help in restoring teeth to their original strength, improving the tooth’s functionality and preventing further decay or damage by offering a seamless protection cover.

What Are Inlays and Onlays Used For?

  • Extensive Decay: When a tooth has decay that is too large for a traditional filling but not severe enough to necessitate a crown.
  • Fractured Teeth: For teeth that have fractured but are not damaged to the point of needing a full crown.
  • Worn-Out Fillings: Inlays and onlays can replace old, worn-out metal fillings, offering a more durable and aesthetically pleasing option.
  • Cosmetic Enhancement: They can be used for cosmetic reasons, to improve the appearance of the teeth by changing their shape or color.
  • Tooth Wear: For teeth that have been worn down over time due to bruxism (teeth grinding) or other reasons.

Unlike traditional fillings, the process of receiving a dental inlay or onlay generally involves two appointments with Dr. Winegar. In the first visit, the we prepares the damaged tooth by removing any decay or old filling material, creating a space for the new inlay or onlay. Impressions are taken to ensure the restoration fits perfectly without affecting your bite. This impression is sent to a dental lab where the inlay or onlay is crafted. During this initial visit, a temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth while the permanent restoration is being made. On the second visit, the dentist removes the temporary filling, and the custom-made inlay or onlay is carefully fitted and bonded to the tooth using a strong adhesive. The restoration is then polished to ensure a smooth and natural feel, completing the process.

When it comes to dental restoration, Trade Winds Dental is the leading expert in dental inlays and onlays, offering the best solution to a functional and bright smile. Contact us today for your consultation!

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