When you visit the dentist to correct a cavity, you may be asking yourself whether your family dentist in Cypress is going to restore your tooth with an inlay (a filling), an onlay, or a crown. Each of these approaches is slightly different, and each is designed to repair increasing degrees of damage from the decay. If the loss is not significant, the dentist will clean the site then fill it with one of several special materials to strengthen and rebuild the tooth. On the other hand, if the damage is extensive, then a great deal of the tooth is removed, and a replacement tooth is manufactured from an impression taken in the office. This procedure replaces the majority of the tooth and is referred to as a crown.
However, in some cases, the tooth may be too damaged for a filling but not damaged enough to require a crown. In those cases, your family dentist in Cypress will repair the tooth using an ‘onlay.’ This is sometimes referred to as a partial crown and is used to both restore and add strength to the damaged tooth yet save as much of the natural tooth material as possible. A quality only is important because the procedure halts the progress of the decay, preserves as much of the tooth as possible and eliminates the need for a crown at some later time. If you have pain in one of your teeth or believe you have a cavity, then a visit with your family dentist in Cypress should be scheduled. We are happy to provide you with a full evaluation of your mouth, teeth, and gums.
The objective of applying an only is to arrest the progress of the decay, save the tooth material, and return the tooth to its normal functionality. Once the site of the decay is cleaned, an impression is made and sent to an outside facility which manufactures the onlay. Meanwhile, a temporary filling, designed to last until the onlay is ready, is applied in the office. When the onlay is returned, the temporary filling is removed, and the onlay is cemented into place. Onlays can be made of several different materials, but many patients select tooth-colored material that blends with the natural color of the tooth: a great choice for many people.
Your family dentist in Cypress is highly skilled in repairing tooth decay and can furnish you with the highest quality onlay designed to provide years of service. If you are suffering from tooth pain, you should call our offices and schedule an appointment for an evaluation. A tooth that is extensively damaged can continue to decay until, ultimately, the tooth is lost. It may also be time to schedule your bi-annual exam. Regular exams and cleaning help prevent tooth decay and keep your smile bright and fresh. Give our office a call today, 281-376-4444.