Restorative Dentistry: Inlays and Onlays – Kailua-Kona
Sometimes tooth decay can be quite severe. This often happens when dental caries go untreated, resulting in greater amounts of tooth decay. In such cases, traditional dental fillings will not be a suitable option for dental restoration. When dental fillings are no longer a viable treatment, the next best option is inlays and onlays. Skilled Kailua-Kona dentist Dr. Carter Yokoyama will work diligently to ensure you receive the best possible treatment that meets your dental health needs.
About Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are very similar to dental fillings. In fact, it may be helpful to think of them as more substantial fillings. When in place, the inlays and onlays can restore the strength and appearance of a tooth. Inlays and onlays are so strong that they can be used to reconstruct the cusps (biting surfaces) of teeth.
Good Candidates for Inlays and Onlays
The best candidates for inlays and onlays are patients who have tooth decay that is tooth severe for dental fillings to address. If a tooth is too damaged for even inlays and onlays, then dental crowns may be a more ideal option. During your consultation at our Kailua-Kona practice, we’ll determine the best restorative dentistry treatment for you.
The Inlays / Onlays Procedure
The inlays and onlays procedure at our Kailua-Kona practice is generally straightforward. First the teeth must be thoroughly cleaned. Once that is done, the decayed and compromised portions of tooth structure are carefully removed. An impression is then taken from which the inlays and onlays will be crafted. Once the crafting has been completed, the inlays or onlays will be placed. Proper bonding and fit will be assured before you leave the office.
Risks and Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
In general, there are many benefits to inlays and onlays and very few risks. The greatest benefit of inlays and onlays is a restoration of the strength, health, and appearance of your teeth. With inlays and onlays in place, the original tooth is saved and your ability to chew is restored.
Risks related to inlays and onlays are few. Ideally you’ll want to prevent tooth decay from progressing too far so you can maintain as much regular tooth structure as possible. That said, inlays and onlays are a relatively conservative restoration treatment.
Learn More About Inlays and Onlays in Kailua-Kona
Inlays and onlays could be the answer you’re looking for if you need to have a major cavity filled or have severe tooth decay. For more information about full mouth reconstruction options such as inlays and onlays, contact our Kailua-Kona practice for restorative dentistry today. We look forward to your visit and our discussion about your dental health.