If you have a moderately damaged or decayed tooth, the experienced team at TruDental Spokane can help. When the damage to a tooth is too great for a traditional filling, but a full crown is not necessary, an inlay or onlay can often be used to restore tooth structure.
Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings. Unlike traditional fillings that are created directly on the tooth; inlays and onlays are made outside of the tooth in a lab and then bonded to the surface of the damaged tooth. A benefit of Inlays and onlays is that they will not weaken the tooth structure like a traditional filling but actually strengthen it.
An inlay lies completely within the cusp tips or points of the tooth. When tooth damage is more extensive and includes at least one of the tooth cusps, an onlay is used. After your restoration is bonded, the tooth will look natural and function normally.
If you have a damaged tooth in need of repair, call TruDental Spokane to learn if an inlays or onlay is the right solution for you. Schedule an appointment today by calling (509) 593-3033.