There a number of ways that your dentist can repair damage to your tooth from decay or an accident. For example, he can use a filling, a crown or even a dental bond. Depending on the type of damage, your dentist may suggest an inlay or onlay.
Our dentist, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann may suggest using an onlay if the damage is limited to the surface of your tooth. An onlay is pre-made to fit your tooth and covers the biting or chewing surface of your tooth, such as the cusps, which are found at the tips of your teeth. Often, they are used on those surfaces are damaged or weak, or if a filling would create further problems for your tooth. After removing the decayed material or mitigating the damage, the dentist will use an impression of your tooth to create the onlay. An inlay is also made from an impression of your tooth. But it is used for fillings or damage that occurs below the cusps. In both cases, the dentist may use ceramic or porcelain for teeth that are easily visible. For teeth that are used for chewing your food, gold or composite resin may be the best choice. To keep your inlay or only in good shape, you should continue to brush your teeth for two minutes at a time twice a day, floss once a day, and see the dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. That will give the dentist the chance to check your dental work and to see if it needs attention.
If you have damaged or decayed tooth in Carlsbad, California, you can have it restored during a visit to Steven A. Beuligmann, DDS Inc. If you need to make an appointment, call 760.729.5964 today.