While fillings and crowns are popularly known, cavities can also be sealed with the help of ‘inlays’ and ‘onlays.’ Our highly skilled dentists near you can restore damaged or decayed teeth with fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. Inlays and onlays take their name from the way they are fastened onto the tooth.
Inlays and onlays offer several benefits. For example, unlike dental fillings, inlays and onlays in Pittston, PA strengthen the tooth structure and add at least 50-60% additional chewing force to a damaged tooth.
Inlays are ideally suited for teeth that are too weak to support a filling but not damaged enough to need a dental crown. Our experienced dentists at Polit & Costello Dentistry use inlays to seal cavities that cannot be restored with resin fillings.
One of our skilled dentists will drill away the decayed material and clean the chewing surface before cementing an inlay between the tooth cusps. Inlays, also known as ‘indirect restorations,’ are prepared in an off-site lab and bonded onto the affected tooth.
Our reliable dentists in Pittston, PA fasten an onlay when the damage to the tooth involves the chewing surface and extends to one or more cusps. Porcelain onlays are preferred for their superior aesthetics, durability, and strength.
After evaluating your oral cavity using the latest 3D digital technology, we will help you choose between an inlay or onlay for your needs.
We will first mill down the tooth enamel and take accurate measurements of the depth, size, and shape of the tooth before sending the molds to an off-site dental lab. Once the restoration is ready, we will clean the tooth thoroughly and fasten the inlays and onlays near you using special dental cement.
Unlike fillings, inlays and onlays don’t contract and expand as much as fillings upon contact with hot and cold foods. However, patients should floss diligently under the treated tooth to prevent decay formation.
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