Inlays and Onlays
If you need fillings or have old fillings that need to be replaced, you might want to look into inlays and onlays and see if this would be the right procedure for you. Inlays are very similar to a filling as it goes inside the cusp of your tooth. On the other hand, an only covers a larger area and extends over the cusp of your tooth.
Inlays and onlays are used mainly to restore and repair any damaged tooth that has been chipped, cracked or fractured. If cracks are left unattended, bacteria can get into those gaps and create larger holes and much more damage. They can help restore a damaged or decayed tooth that is not as bad as to receive a crown but not enough damage for a filling.
Most procedures, your dentist will need a mold of your teeth and send to the lab so that your inlays and onlays can be created. In contract with fillings, which can be done straight away, these are custom created using your mold so they can fit perfectly in or on your tooth and bonded.
The procedure is not invasive at all, requires no anesthesia and is virtually painless. Unless there is decay in your tooth, your dentist might apply local anesthesia to numb the area and clean out the tooth and shave it down.
If you have any questions or any concerns about this procedure, and would like to know more about it , call at (404) 201-7900 or visit us at 4840 Roswell Rd NE, Building A Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30342.