When a cavity in the back of the mouth is left untreated, it can damage the tooth so much that a simple filling cannot take care of the issue. Instead of losing the tooth though, the professionals at Delray Family Dentistry can use dental inlays or onlays to keep your mouth healthy.
Dental inlays and onlays are usually made of a porcelain or composite resin. Since these materials are tooth colored, they are usually undetectable, and can even be used to replace old, or damaged, metal fillings. They can also be used for aesthetic reasons to replace metal fillings for a more natural look.
While placing a dental crown on a damaged tooth can help when there is a large cavity present, it removes more of the remaining tooth structure than necessary, and can weaken an already damaged structure. A standard dental filling that is large can also weaken a tooth, possibly causing it to crack, break, or require a root canal later. The best option is something between these two options.
Dental inlays fill the gaps inside the tooth where the cavity has been drilled out. Onlays are used on the outside of the tooth, when the cavity has extended over the top of the tooth. They both help strengthen weak teeth, and are incredibly durable. With proper care, they can last up to 30 years.
Since only select dentists use inlays and onlays, you can be assured that our dentists are some of the most qualified in Delray Beach.