Almost everyone in the United States has experienced a cavity at some point in their life. Cavities are holes in the dental enamel caused by plaque and decay. While it is more traditional to fill these cavities with basic fillings, Dental Care Antioch in Overland Park, KS utilizes custom inlays and onlays for better protection.
Inlays and onlays are alternatives to the traditional filling that provide more protection and a longer lifespan. They are pieces of solid material inserted into a cavity or area of severe dental damage. They help support the natural structure of the tooth while also preventing decay and bacteria from getting inside and wreaking havoc in the soft tissue.
An inlay is a modified filling that sits primarily inside of a tooth with a little bit of material on top. The onlay, on the other hand, sits inside but also covers a significant portion of the tooth’s cusp. Both can be made from a broad range of materials and create a tight seal against the enamel.
When someone thinks of an inlay or onlay, they typically imagine a traditional material like amalgam (silver) or gold. These precious metals are noticeable but also extremely durable, lasting anywhere from 5 to 20 years when cared for properly. The downside is that the metal is expensive, and it doesn’t always form a close seal with the enamel.
Besides precious metals, our dentist also offers composite resin and porcelain. These materials are inexpensive and are colored to match the natural shade of your teeth. While they are not as durable as amalgam or gold, the material can adhere closely to the natural dental enamel, preventing future infection.
If you are unsure of which material would work best for you, our dentist can sit down with you and discuss the pros and cons of each variety.
If you have a cavity that needs treatment or would like to replace an old filling, schedule an appointment today to visit us at Dental Care Antioch in Overland Park, KS. Our dentist can create a customized treatment plan and explain the benefits of switching to an inlay or onlay today.