Thankfully, there’s a way to heal dental damage that no longer requires the use of unsightly metal fillings. For patients in Coeur d’Alene, inlays and onlays are the invisible and reliable solution to many common problems.
If you’re struggling with a filling that needs attention, minor cracks, chips or decay, an inlay or onlay may be what you need. At Loftus Family Dental we are replacing ugly metal fillings with the highest quality inlays and onlays in Coeur d’Alene.
Inlays and onlays are a popular form of dental work that is used to treat decay, fill cavities or replace metal fillings. Unlike traditional fillings, inlays are made from a tooth-colored composite that actually strengthens the tooth when it seals over damage and is completely indiscernible from the rest of the tooth.
While inlays are used to treat and fill damage in the top surface of molars, onlays are made from ceramic or porcelain and can be spread over the front and sides of the tooth to seal and protect more surface area. Onlays are commonly used to treat more serious cosmetic problems like cracks and decay.
When you come in for an inlay or onlay, you will receive a thorough examination, including x-rays. Any decay will be thoroughly removed and cleaned from your teeth. If you’re replacing metal dental work, this will be removed as well. We will then take an impression of the affected area so that we can create an exact mold for your custom-made inlay or onlay. You will receive a temporary filling to protect your tooth while your inlay or onlay is created.
During your second visit, the inlay or onlay will be placed. Your dentist will remove the temporary filling and carefully seal the damaged area with your new inlay or onlay. Once your inlay or onlay has been perfectly placed, it will be permanently cemented to your tooth.
Maintaining your inlays or onlays requires no special care outside of regular brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular checkups.
To discuss replacing your metal dental work with the best inlays and onlays in Coeur d’Alene, call Loftus Family Dental to schedule an appointment.