Dentist in Greenwood describes the benefits of inlays and onlays
At the practice of Dr. Christopher T. Griffin patients in the Greenwood community and surrounding areas can enjoy a variety of general and cosmetic dentistry services from a professional who has been in the business for many years. When patients visit the office and are dealing with breakage or destruction of their natural tooth, they have a wide selection of treatments that may be suitable for their specific situation. Decay can cause damage to the inner portion of the tooth as well as affect the structure, so patients are encouraged to learn more about fillings, crowns, inlays, and onlays.
Fillings are commonly used in smaller areas of decay. This can help fill in the area of the tooth and restore some of the tooth’s integrity. Crowns are used when a filling may not be sufficient due to larger areas of decay or breakage. Crowns are porcelain restorations fabricated using impressions of the natural teeth and they are bonded over them to provide better strength. However, there are times when fillings are not enough and crowns may be considered “overkill.” In these situations, patients may enjoy more benefits from inlays and onlays.
Inlays and onlays are porcelain restorations bonded onto the tooth and improve the strength of the tooth significantly. They are more conservative than crowns yet more effective than fillings on larger areas of decay. There are several benefits of inlays and onlays, such as improving strength, conservative treatment, and beautiful, discreet results compared to silver amalgam fillings and metal crowns.
Dr. Christopher T. Griffin, DMD is excited to offer his patients inlays and onlays as an alternative to other restorative treatments. During an initial consultation appointment, patients can ask questions about general and cosmetic dentistry services available and determine the ones right for them. Patients will undergo a thorough examination with Dr. Christopher T. Griffin, DMD to ensure they are an appropriate candidate for this restorative method and learn more about the ways in which inlays and onlays can improve their chewing and biting efficiency while maintaining their beautiful smile for a lifetime!