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Proper dentist care in Greenwood, SC can eliminate the need for inlays and onlays

A healthy smile is free of troublesome cavities and periodontal disease. But when oral issues like these do occur, your general or cosmetic dentist may need to complete a number of treatments to bring your smile back to its original beauty. This plan could include restorations called inlays and onlays.

Inlays and onlays are usually made of porcelain or gold. They are ideal in situations where a full dental crown is not required, but damage is too extensive for a filling to restore the tooth. An inlay is precisely fitted into the opening in a tooth. An onlay is similar, but covers the cusp on top of a tooth. There are benefits of inlay and onlay restorations – they strengthen weakened teeth, allow the dentist to fill tight spaces, and are relatively easy to keep clean with regular brushing and flossing. Ideally, however, a patient will avoid the need for an inlay or onlay by maintaining good oral health habits.

Dr. Griffin believes in prevention, and routinely discusses the benefits of proper dental care with his patients in Greenwood, SC. Some patients come from surrounding communities to take advantage of the knowledge and experience that he and his team offer. Dr. Griffin is skilled in crafting and placing inlays and onlays, including gold restorations. But he prefers to help patients avoid the need for dental work through education on great oral health habits.

Good oral hygiene starts with applying proper brushing technique after eating, and flossing at bedtime. Food and beverages leave sugars and acids behind that eat away at the tooth enamel and cause cavities. Plaque and tartar form, and bacteria trigger the early stages of periodontal disease. If a patient does not maintain regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings, problems continue to develop and become more severe. Oral health requires the close eye of a dental professional such as Dr. Griffin.

While inlays and onlays are wonderful restorations for resolving dental issues, the situations which require them can be minimized with proper dental care. Dr. Griffin and his team are happy to educate new and existing patients on ways to maintain healthy oral hygiene and enjoy a restoration-free smile. Call his practice today for an initial examination to assess your smile, and let Dr. Griffin teach you the correct methods to keep it looking great for years to come!

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