Although the majority of the population brushes their teeth regularly, few can avoid the dreaded cavity. A dental cavity is a hole or pocket in a tooth caused by plaque or bacteria that has eaten through the outer protective enamel. Dentists often repair cavities with fillings, but these are often only temporary solutions that can become infected or decay over time.
Instead of relying on outdated fillings, Spring Dental Arts in Spring, Texas uses contemporary technology to create inlays and onlays.
Inlays and onlays are alternatives to the traditional filling. They are small appliances used to restore a small amount of dental enamel lost to decay. In other words, they are used to fill cavities. Unlike older fillings, which are inserted as a liquid and allowed to harden, inlays and onlays are created in a dental lab and inserted as a single solid structure. This allows for a closer fit that adds extra protection against future decay or infection.
Many people associate inlays and onlays with their old materials: Gold and Amalgam (Silver). While these metals were popular throughout the 1980s and previous decades, modern offices like ours prefer to use a durable composite resin. The resin is harder and colored to match preexisting teeth, making the inlay or onlay look natural.
Each inlay or onlay is crafted in our dental lab by our knowledgeable staff. When you receive one, it will be personalized to fit your tooth and no one else’s, ensuring the best fit.
If you think you might have a cavity or would simply like an old filling replaced with a more modern option, you can schedule an appointment with us at Spring Dental Arts in Spring, Texas. We use the latest techniques and technology to ensure you receive the best restorative dentistry possible to maintain optimal oral health and wellness.
We can prepare an inlay or onlay in as little as two weeks, so call today to get started on the path to a healthier smile.