Inlays and Onlays Can Protect and Preserve as Much of Your Healthy Tooth as Possible.
Dental inlays and onlays are a restoration procedure Dr. Shimizu here in San Jose may use to repair decayed or fractured teeth that are too damaged for a filling, but are not damaged enough to need a dental crown. Another reason that an inlay or onlay may be used is when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. Inlays and onlays are one of the strongest tooth restoration procedures available! They are very durable and can actually help to strengthen a tooth whereas traditional metal fillings can actually reduce the strength of a tooth. With that, inlays and onlays can help to prolong tooth life, reducing the odds that you may need future dental treatment for this restored tooth. Having an inlay or onlay procedure is very much like having a crown placed, except that less of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed. When you get a crown, the tooth will undergo significant reshaping so that the crown can be placed. Since Dr. Shimizu’s goal is to preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, inlays and onlays may be recommended instead of crowns if the tooth can be restored with this less invasive form of treatment.
Inlays and onlays are very strong and can last for a long time. They require the same level of care as your other teeth, so daily brushing and flossing, along with regular cleanings and exams are all you need to make sure your tooth restoration lasts for years to come.