Inlays and Onlays
The treating dentist can use an inlay or an onlay, depending on how much of the tooth needs to be covered.
There are a lot of dental procedures that can be done to help restore your mouth to an ideal scenario. As a patient, keeping track of these procedures can prove difficult. We know! Our dentists go to school for several years to fully understand them. That is why you will find that our office works extremely hard to provide clear explanations and education about your dental options. Two of the services that we get a lot of questions about are inlays and onlays.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Let’s start out by describing what inlays and onlays are. Some of the reason that there is a lot of confusion surrounding inlays and onlays is because they are dental services that are very similar to two other dental services that patients are more familiar with; dental crowns and fillings. You can think of inlays and onlays as a service that is a combination of a crown and a filling.
Fillings are a good option for taking care of small amounts of decay in the mouth and crowns are a good options for taking care of large amounts of decay in the mouth. The truth of the matter is that there is often an in-between area. When the situation is too big, or requires more strength than a filling can offer, but is not bad enough to need a crown, the treating dentist can use an inlay or an onlay, depending on how much of the tooth needs to be covered. To help simplify things, you can think of an inlay or an onlay as a partial crown.
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How Do Salt Lake City Patients Know if They Need an Inlay or Onlay?
An untrained eye would be hard pressed to know if they needed an inlay or an onlay. In reality, only a trusted dentist can tell you for certain. Because they are a step in-between a filling and a crown, the symptoms that you might have will be the regular decay symptoms. These types of issues are often difficult to notice on your own because unless decay makes it deep into the tooth, you will often not have any pain associated with the decay.
This is why we always encourage our patients to make regular visits to have their teeth cleaned and examined by their dental hygienist and dentist. Catching decay early is the best way to ensure that you can keep as many of your beautiful teeth as possible.
If you have any questions, or if you are in need of a quality dentist in Salt Lake City, call us today at (801) 486-3887, or learn more about our office here.