As children, many people dreaded going to see the dentist because it often meant having a cavity filled. Cavities in the teeth are soft pockets or holes caused by decay. They develop when a person practices poor oral hygiene and allows their teeth to become covered in plaque, which eats through the enamel.
The material used for fillings is usually not permanent. This is why we, at All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ, offer the far more durable inlays and onlays instead.
Inlays and onlays are alternatives to the traditional dental filling that possess a closer fit and a lower risk of infection and decay. While a traditional filling is inserted into a cavity in a liquid form and allowed to harden, an inlay or onlay is created in a professional dental laboratory and then inserted as a solid appliance into a damaged tooth.
Because of their nature, inlays and onlays are designed to fit inside all of the crevices of a cavity and form a tight seal so bacteria and plaque cannot seep between it and the natural tooth. This prevents future infections and can lead to a lifetime of improved oral health and wellness.
The majority of contemporary inlays and onlays are manufactured from a tooth-colored composite resin that is highly durable but also indistinguishable from the natural tooth to the naked eye. In previous decades, it was common to make inlays and onlays from gold or amalgam (silver), but these metals have fallen out of favor because of their softness and visibility.
When you visit us at All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ, you will have a consultation without a knowledgeable dentist who will perform an exam of your damaged tooth. Depending on the extent of the damage, our dentist will be able to tell you whether or not you are an ideal candidate for the creation of an inlay or onlay.
It is possible to request that a filling be replaced with one of these more durable appliances, so don’t be afraid to ask.