Dental Inlays & Onlays Frederick, MD
When it becomes necessary to restore your smile due to damage caused by decay or trauma, we have a few useful options that allow us to return your beautiful smile to you. Many of these options fall under the classification of either inlays, or onlays. At Colliver Dental Group, we take all dental procedures very seriously because we know how important it is to your ongoing health and comfort to have teeth that perform the way they are required to.
When you come to us to have an inlay or onlay placed you can be sure that we will give you the very best in treatment from start to finish and leave you with a product that you can count on for years to come.
The Difference Between Inlays and OnlaysFrequently, people are confused when they hear about inlays and onlays because they don’t know what they are. Chances are you have an inlay or an onlay or both in your mouth right now. Inlays are restorative dental structures that are placed into the structure of the tooth, like a filling. Onlays are appliances that fit over the structure of the tooth, like crowns.
Inlays are typically used to restore teeth that have experienced minimal damage. Onlays are usually used in cases where more extreme measures must be taken to restore the structural integrity of a tooth, or to change the cosmetics of a tooth. Both inlays and onlays are specially crafted to fit perfectly into or onto a specific surface or case.
Common InlaysThe most common form of inlay is the gold or porcelain inlay. First we will drill all the decay out of the tooth and then we will take precise measurements (in the form of a mold of the area). Using this mold we will have our dental lab craft an inlay that will fit perfectly into the area drilled. Typically inlays require two trips to our office to be placed.
Common OnlaysThe most common onlay restorations are dental crowns and veneers. Crowns are usually required when the tooth has suffered severe enough trauma or decay that it is no longer structurally sound. The crown will allow you to keep the tooth while giving you the structural integrity back.
Veneers are usually placed on anterior (front) teeth to fix an aesthetic issue of some type. From color to spacing to size and shape, veneers can fix a lot of different issues. Just like crowns, they are placed over the teeth. Just like crowns a portion of the natural tooth must be removed to make room for the onlay to look and feel natural in the mouth.
Please call us today at (301) 662-5914 to schedule an appointment. Remember, discomfort or pain in your mouth that persists for more than a week should be noted. Any such issue lasting more than a week should be followed by a call to our office to set up an appointment as this could be the sign of a more serious issue.