Tooth decay is one of the most common dental issues among dental patients. There are various treatment options for tooth decay, including a cavity filling. However, when tooth decay is large enough to compromise the structure and integrity of a tooth, other options such as inlays and onlays are used to repair the tooth instead of a filling. Dr. Yao and the staff at Wyndam Manor Dental Care are trained in providing inlay and onlay treatments.
Inlays are similar to fillings and are bonded to the center of the tooth. They are used when the damage is too extensive to be remedied with a filling but not so severe as to require a crown. Dental inlays can be made of composite resin or porcelain and are created in a dental laboratory.
It usually takes two visits to place a dental inlay. During the first visit, we will remove the damaged and decayed area of the tooth. The area will be numbed first to minimize pain and discomfort. The tooth will then be prepared for the inlay. An impression is made before a temporary restoration is placed to keep the tooth safe and clean until the next appointment. A dental laboratory will use the impressions to create the dental inlay. Once it is completed, it will be bonded to the tooth during a second appointment. The procedure is completed by polishing the inlay to a smooth finish.
Dental inlays are an effective, affordable approach to restoring teeth damaged by tooth decay. The professional team at Wyndam Manor Dental Care in Ajax, Ontario uses the latest dental technology to give you a great smile and protect your health. To learn more about inlays, onlays or other treatment options, please contact our dental office to schedule your appointment.