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What you need to know about a tooth inlay in Greenwood, SC

Most dental patients know that a cavity will need a filling. However, when the decay has progressed beyond a filling, many dentists will recommend a dental crown to restore the tooth. Dr. Christopher Griffin of Greenwood, SC, has a conservative alternative with a dental inlay.

What is a dental inlay?

Made of a safe material, a dental inlay is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth. It can be used when the remaining structure of the tooth remains strong. If the tooth has too much damage, he doctor will recommend an alternative to a dental inlay.

How is an inlay procedure performed?

A dental inlay procedure begins the same way that a cavity filling does. Dr. Griffin will begin by removing the existing decay from the tooth. If the treatment involves removing a current filling that’s damaged or worn, it will be removed as well. Next, impressions will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the inlay will be customized to match the tooth, creating a seamless restoration. When the inlay is complete, patients will return to the office to have the inlay placed and bonded to the tooth.

What if I’m not a candidate for inlays?

Inlays are not for every patient. If there is extensive decay or damage, Dr. Griffin may use a dental onlay instead. Like an inlay, an onlay is created in a dental lab, designed to match the tooth, and fills the damaged part of the tooth. The difference is that while an inlay fits into the flat part of the tooth, an onlay will cover the cusps of the tooth.

With Dr. Christopher Griffin and his team, patients can restore their teeth to their best function, appearance, and health. For more information about dental inlays or onlays, call (864) 229-2610 today.

 
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