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How inlays and onlays differ from dental bonding for Greenwood residents

Dental crowns are made to protect a patient’s tooth after he or she have had deep tooth decay. Large cavities require a dentist to clean and fill the tooth with composite filling, which can leave a tooth weakened with less structure. To give the tooth strength and protect it, a dental crown can be bonded over the top. However, when patients have smaller cavities to be filled, they may benefit from a different restorative treatment. Inlays and onlays are restorations that are made to fit into a patient’s tooth. They are smaller than a crown, but larger than an average filling.

Some patients get inlays and onlays confused with dental bonding. Greenwood dentist, Dr. Christopher Griffin, DMD, offers both dental bonding and inlays/onlays. However, they each serve their own purpose.

Inlays and onlays, as well as dental crowns, are made of porcelain or gold. They are bonded to the teeth. Dental bonding, on the other hand, is a composite material that is used to fill spaces between the teeth, extend the size of a tooth, cover the front of the teeth that are discolored, or to reshape a tooth after breakage has occurred. This material is like clay that is shaped to the tooth, and then a light is used to harden the dental bonding. Greenwood patients will not feel any pain or discomfort during this process, and will be able to enjoy the benefits of dental bonding for several years.

Depending on a patient’s situation, they may benefit more from an inlay or onlay or with dental bonding. This will all be determined on a case-by-case basis. Every patient that visits Dr. Christopher Griffin’s practice is a unique individual, and his or her dental treatment plan will be designed accordingly. Dental treatments are not a “one size fits all” option, so each situation needs to be looked at closely to determine which restorative treatment benefits the patient most and fits his or her budget and lifestyle. During the initial consultation appointment with Dr. Christopher Griffin, patients will be able to undergo an examination and speak with the doctor about the various options available for addressing their personal dental situations.

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