If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surface may be damaged. You may be a prime candidate for restorative dentistry in the Tampa area. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain. Inlays and onlays protect the tooth from further weakening, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous. We do it all at Five Star Dental Care.
Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. Choosing an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has occurred. An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its previous dimension.
The procedure begins with a comprehensive evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression is made. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to precisely fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and safeguard the vulnerable area.
Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments to carry out the process.
Our team at Five Star Dental Care has been restoring teeth for patients of all ages since 1996. Whether it’s cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry that you need, we would be honored to provide dental services to you. Please don’t hesitate to call and make your appointment today!