Ask Your Dentist How Inlays and Onlays Can Improve Your Smile

Are you one of those people who hides their smile? Maybe you drop your head when your smile. Maybe you put a hand over your mouth when it opens. You aren’t alone. At Dental Illusions we see that embarrassment as a first sign that you realize you have a problem. Your smile should be as big as possible, showing your happiness and your beautiful set of teeth.

If you are missing a tooth or maybe have a few chipped or dead ones, we have a solution. Dental inlays and onlays solve many obvious, oral problems. Read on for information about how they work and how they can help you improve your smile.

Problems and solutions

Tooth decay causes problems, if left untreated. One of them is weak teeth that can literally fall apart over time. We can spot tooth decay, one of the primary causes of damaged teeth, on sight. If tooth decay is left untreated, your tooth may eventually fall out, but if you act, you may be able to save it.

A dental inlay will cover the bad tooth. We may need to chip away or remove a large part of the tooth to clear the decay, while leaving a good portion of healthy bone on which to work. Inlays and outlays work like other dental work, except they are less invasive and can look better in your mouth.

At Dental Illusions we will not work directly into the tooth, as we would with the traditional filling. A lab will make the dental inlay or onlay, and we fit it on your tooth in our office. The process is simple and usually takes a lot less time than filling a tooth.

Inlays and onlays make you smile again

While you lie back and relax, we will bond the inlay or onlay to your damaged tooth. An inlay involves bonding the piece into the center of your tooth. Onlays bond over the tooth, usually when there is a lot of damage, and you need to strengthen the biting surface.

Patients often prefer the onlay to cover a chip in a front tooth, one that perhaps your tongue has snagged multiple times a day. The secure fitting covers the gap and makes eating easier again and brings a smile back to your face, too.

The two dental procedures give your teeth more strength than fillings. They fit better into the tooth, and the surgery is less invasive, doing little damage to the tooth or surrounding teeth. You’ll find the secure fitting is noticeable as you eat; chewing on steak or biting into an apple becomes a pleasure again.

At Dental Illusions, we see it in your smile. Your confidence quickly returns with inlays and onlays. You’ll no longer feel the need to hide a gap or decaying tooth in your mouth.

Benefits of dental inlays and onlays

There are many benefits to this system of dealing with decay and chipping. Ask us for guidance, but some of the more obvious ones are:

Tooth color: The inlay or onlay will match your existing teeth and will not discolor with age.

A good fit: The secure fitting and bonding to your existing tooth mean the inlays and onlays are there for the long haul.

Preserve maximum amount of tooth: The inlays save as much of a tooth as possible, which is good for the survival of the tooth and helps with the function of your mouth.

Easier tooth cleaning: Since they fit snugly and do not move, you will find it easier to clean your teeth than before. The tight, secure fitting will give you the confidence to wash thoroughly, without fear of breaking the bond.

Ask us

When you are unsure about a product, always ask someone who knows. At Dental Illusions we have all the details on inlays and onlays, and we are happy to help you with a decision. Schedule an appointment today, and take that first step to restore your smile.

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