Bite. Crack. Ouch! A cracked or broken tooth is a real problem. Unlike other bones in your body, a broken tooth will not heal itself and needs to be cared for immediately. Depending on the extent and location of the damage, your dentist will likely recommend an inlay, onlay, or crown. All versions of the same idea, these restorative dentistry treatments are custom-made covers to protect your tooth and restore it to its full, healthy, and functioning condition. Another reason you may need an inlay, onlay, or crown is due to extensive tooth decay breaking down your tooth that requires more than a simple filling to fix. Here’s how these options compare:
Inlays and onlays can be a great intermediate solution between a filling and a crown. Beelman Dental dentists can help determine if you need an inlay or onlay. If you do, here are some of the benefits:
If you’re in the Bedford area and need an inlay or onlay, Dr. Beelman has you covered! Depending on your case, the inlay/onlay treatment will either require one or two trips to your Bedford dental office.
For the two-visit process: the tooth is prepared by cleaning out any decay and taking an impression. You may be given a temporary filling just to protect the tooth from further damage. The inlay or onlay will then be made in a lab using your impression. You’ll return for a second visit to remove the temporary filling and have your inlay/onlay permanently placed on your tooth.
For the one-visit process: the tooth will still be prepared with a good cleaning. But instead of taking impressions, the dentist uses digital technology to take a photo of your tooth and create a perfect inlay/onlay right there in the office. You’ll relax until it is ready and they will place it on your tooth, all in one day.
Contact us today to make an appointment for a professional assessment of what kind of filling, crown, inlay or onlay you might need.
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