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Inlays and Onlays
Redmond, OR

Woman smiling with perfect teeth after receiving inlays and onlays from Caldera Dental Group in Redmond, ORCavities are a common, yet serious, oral health issue that affects the strength and integrity of your teeth. They are pits that form in the enamel as a result of tooth decay. Tooth decay is a result of acid erosion, which is caused by the acids produced by plaque and oral bacteria. Cavities need to be treated. Without treatment, they only continue to grow inside as bacteria take up residence inside the pits. The structure of the tooth deteriorates, and the tooth is put at risk for infection. Most cavities are treated with amalgam or composite resin fillings. However, in certain situations, such as cavities on the chewing surfaces of your molars, these fillings could compromise the tooth further. In these situations, Caldera Dental Group can help with inlays and onlays.

Typical Cavity Treatment

In most cases, cavities can either be treated with amalgam or composite resin fillings. An amalgam filling is made up of several metals, including tin, silver, and nickel, which are suspended in liquid mercury. When the material is hardened, it is exceptionally strong. This type of filling is often used for cavities that affect the back teeth because it can withstand the bite pressure. While strong, many patients want to avoid amalgam due to their silver color and their materials.

Composite resin is a filling that consists of plastic, fine glass and other materials, and was created as an alternative to amalgam. This filling is metal-free and mercury-free. Not only that, but the color of these fillings blends in with the rest of your tooth structure. Once in place, no one will be able to tell they are there. The disadvantage to these fillings is that they lack the strength of amalgam.

Alternative Treatment with Inlays and Onlays

When a cavity forms on the chewing surface of a molar, neither an amalgam or a composite resin filling is an ideal solution. Both of these fillings can further compromise the health of the affected tooth. An amalgam filling acts like a wedge. Continued biting and chewing drive it deeper into the tooth, eventually causing it to split. Composite resin is not strong enough to withstand continual chewing, which can cause it to wear down quickly and break. In this situation, an inlay or onlay is the best solution for your needs.

Inlays and onlays are what are known as indirect fillings. Unlike amalgam and composite resin, which are cured inside the tooth, these fillings are created in a dental lab from impressions of the affected tooth. They are designed to strengthen the tooth. Additionally, inlays and onlays are usually made from porcelain, a material that can be made to blend in with the color of your natural tooth. Inlays are used to treat cavities that affect a single cusp of the tooth while onlays, often called partial crowns, are used to treat two or more cusps.

Restoring Your Teeth

Treating a cavity with an inlay or onlay takes two separate appointments. At your first appointment, the decay is cleared away from the cavity, and an impression is taken. The impression is sent off to a dental lab, where the inlay or onlay is created. A temporary filling is placed in the meantime, as it can take up to two weeks for the restoration to be completed. Once it is ready, you return for your second appointment. The temporary filling is removed, and the inlay or onlay checked for fit and color. If everything looks and feels good, it is cemented into place.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays offer several benefits, including:
•  They strengthen the affected tooth.
•  They are more affordable than dental crowns. Nor do they require the same tooth preparation.
•  Less drilling is needed than with traditional fillings.
•  They do not shrink inside the tooth.
•  Porcelain inlays and onlays perfectly match the color of your natural teeth. They do not contain any metals or mercury, and they are not susceptible to changes in temperature.

If a cavity forms in an area of your tooth where a traditional filling could put the tooth at risk for further harm, inlays, and onlays may be the solution for you. Call Caldera Dental Group today to learn more at (541) 604-2900.

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