Andrew Goldenberg is consistently striving to do everything in his power in order to provide patients with the most advanced, effective and up to date treatments available in order to handle whatever dental issue they might be suffering from. One of the most common dental issues that he is faced with as a professional in the dental field, particularly when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, is tooth decay and damage.
Because tooth decay and damage are issues that dental professionals deal with frequently, a lot of solutions have been developed in order to give patients plenty of options to choose from. These options vary depending on a patient’s particular situation and the severity of the damage or decay that they are suffering from. One of these such options include dental inalys and onlays.
What are Inlays and Onlays?
A popular and common dental procedure to treat a decaying or damaged tooth is a dental inlay or onlay. These are bigger than what if given to patients when they are given a filling, but still smaller than having a crown put in your mouth. The inlay or onlay, like many other dental implants, is then cemented or bonded into place.
A filling and an inlay are similar to one another, but an inlay lies within the cusps that rest on your tooth’s chewing surface. Cusps are what the bumps on the surface of your teeth are called. While the inlay lies within those cusps, an onlay is larger and replaces the decayed or damaged cusp or cusps that are on the surface of the teeth.
Inlays and onlays are able to be manufactured from a variety of materials, and these include ceramics, composite resin, and gold. They are able to be used in a patient’s mouth for 10 years, and sometimes even longer. The lifespan of your inlay or onlay depends on the teeth that are involved in the procedure, the materials the inlays or onlays are made of, the chewing forces exerted upon them, and the quality of your oral hygiene.
Why an Inlay or Onlay?
If your teeth have suffered from damage or decay the warrant the need of some sort of dental procedure to remedy the damage or to protect the tooth or teeth from further damage, then there are a number of tools at your dentist’s disposal in order to make this happen. The treatment that is right for you will depend on your individual situation. The factors that might come into play include which tooth or teeth in particular are being affected, and the severity of the decay or damage in which the tooth or teeth have suffered from.
If you are not sure which treatment is right for you in order to remedy your dental situation, that is okay! Dr. Goldenberg can answer any questions that you have and talk with you about what your problems, concerns and expectations are from your treatment. Once he knows exactly what your situation is, he will be able to help you make an informed decision backed by his years of knowledge and experience in the industry.