Inlay and onlay restorations for a healthy, functional smile in Greenwood, SC
Chances are, at some point in your lifetime you will need one or more tooth restorations, no matter how well you take care of your smile with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Life happens and traumatic injuries, genetics, aging, and other factors can all lead to the need for restorative dental treatment. At the dental practice of Christopher T. Griffin, DMD, patients in the Greenwood, SC area and surrounding communities’ benefit from a wide array of dental restoration options when the need arises, including customized inlays and onlays.
What are inlays and onlays?
Many people have heard the terms “inlays” and “onlays” but aren’t quite sure what they are. In short, they are dental restorations that are custom designed for your teeth and then fabricated from a material such as cast gold or porcelain in either a laboratory or using CAD/CAM technology. While they are similar to fillings, they are different in that fillings are placed incrementally onto a prepared tooth cavity and are therefore a “direct” dental restoration, whereas inlays and onlays are considered “indirect” restorations because they are created outside of the mouth based on dental impressions. Inlays and onlays are very similar, but onlays offer more extensive coverage of a tooth than inlays by protecting one or more of the tooth cusps versus only an inner portion of the crown.
Benefits of onlays and inlays include:
- Better fit and function by mimicking the natural contours of the tooth and enhanced contact with the natural tooth surfaces
- Greater durability and longevity over time
- Need for less healthy tooth structure to be removed than with dental crowns
- Effective restoration of a damaged tooth, which can prevent further damage such as large chips or breaks in the future
Customized treatment for your unique smile
At the dental practice of Christopher T. Griffin, DMD, each patient is treated like the individual that they are. That means that while inlays or onlays may be the best choice for restoring one patient’s tooth, other options such as a tooth-colored filling or dental crown may be more appropriate for another. Dr. Griffin evaluates each patient’s mouth and takes the time to learn about their treatment and aesthetic preferences before recommending one or more options for restoring their smile.