When teeth are damaged through decay or fractures, dental inlays or onlays may be used to repair the tooth structure. If you need a dental inlay or onlay procedure done in Vancouver, WA, Dr. Bowyer can help. Think of inlays and onlays like puzzle pieces for your teeth: the damaged portion of the tooth is removed, leaving only the healthy structure behind. Then, the tooth structure is restored with artificial material.
Dental inlays are used when the damage to the tooth is within a cavity. Dental onlays are similar, but are used in instances when one or more cusps of the tooth need to be replaced. Both procedures are similar to getting a tooth filling, but the process is more extensive.
Since the restoration material for the inlay or onlay needs to be fabricated in a lab, you will have to wear a temporary restoration for 2-3 weeks while the permanent restoration is being made. The increased preparation time has advantage, though – inlays and onlays are more durable than standard tooth fillings, and can protect better against recurrent decay.
If you would like a free consultation to see if a dental inlay or onlay is right for you, contact Dr. Bowyer at his Vancouver office. Call our office at (360) 253-2640 or use the form to schedule your appointment.