Manhattan, New York City
There are many options to consider to achieve optimal dental health. This is especially true when it comes to addressing tooth decay and tooth damage. A number of factors need to be taken into account, and there are numerous treatments that a Manhattan cosmetic dentist can use to address this dental problem.
When it comes to tooth decay and injury, one of the ideal options for many patients is an inlay or an onlay. You might not be aware of these dental restorations and what they can do for you, so we'd like to take an opportunity right now to go over the basics of inlays and onlays right now.
About Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are used to address substantial tooth decay or tooth damage. They are a staple of general dental care. When in place, inlays and onlays replace the damaged tooth structure, restore bite strength, and allow a patient to chew as normal without feeling any pain or sensitivity.
Why inlays and onlays rather than dental fillings?
Dental fillings are a great option to consider for basic cavities and minor tooth decay. Fillings are not able to restore tooth damage in major cases of tooth decay however. In a sense, inlays and onlays are like larger versions of dental fillings.
Why inlays and onlays rather than dental crowns?
Dental crowns are the next step up when it comes to dental restorations, and something of a last resort before considering tooth extraction. When possible, our cosmetic dentists in Manhattan will side with using inlays and onlays since they preserve more of a patient's natural tooth structure than dental crowns.
Deciding Which Dental Restoration to Use
The decision regarding dental restorations usually involves saving as much natural tooth structure as possible. By preserving natural tooth structure, patients are less likely to experience the need for root canal therapy at a future date or further need for restoration on the same tooth later on.
The Inlays and Onlays Procedure
During this restorative dentistry procedure, the damaged/compromised portions of tooth structure are first removed. Once this has been accomplished, an impression is made of the teeth. From this impression, the inlay and/or onlay will be crafted. Dentists will make final adjustments to the inlay or onlay to ensure proper fit.
Other Options for Advanced Dental Care
In cases in which a tooth cannot be saved with an inlay, onlay, or dental crown, extraction is the best option. To replace the missing tooth, your dentist may suggest Manhattan dental implants. These artificial tooth roots function just like natural tooth roots and are an ideal way to secure artificial teeth, such as a denture, dental bridge, or individual dental crown. Candidacy for dental implants can be discussed in greater detail during your examination/consultation.
Learn More About Dental Health and Wellness
For more information about inlay, onlays, and your many other options for achieving a smile makeover or a full mouth reconstruction, be sure to contact our New York City cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here is eager to meet you in person and help you achieve the best possible dental health and a good-looking smile in the process.