Inlays and Onlays Denver NC
When it comes to dental restorations, Drs. Nathen Ellis and Gary Hubbard of Denver, NC, believe in the importance of conservative dentistry. This term is used to define any dental repair that avoids removing a significant portion of the natural tooth to keep as much of it intact as possible—while still addressing the problem at hand. Sometimes, patients may have an area of decay that is too large to be effectively addressed using dental fillings but too small to require a dental crown placement. This is when our team may recommend the fabrication and placement of inlays and onlays.
What are onlays and inlays?
Onlays and inlays are porcelain restorations that are made to be placed on or in the tooth to address tooth decay. The difference between onlays and inlays is in how they are bonded onto the tooth. With inlays and onlays, patients can maintain as much natural tooth structure as possible to keep their smiles healthy and strong while repairing the problem at hand.
What are the benefits of inlays and onlays?
There are a few advantages to placing inlays and onlays in the smile. They are:
- More conservative, allowing patients to maintain a healthier tooth structure.
- Aesthetic, as they are fabricated with porcelain, a beautiful yet strong material used commonly in dentistry.
- Affordable, allowing patients to save money versus obtaining a full dental crown.
- Effective at addressing an area of decay while keeping the tooth strong and durable.
Who is a candidate for inlays and onlays?
Most patients who need a conservative option compared to dental crowns but have an area of decay too large to fill properly with dental fillings will want to ask our team about placing inlays and onlays instead.
Enjoy conservative dentistry at Denver Dental Arts
Drs. Nathen Ellis and Gary Hubbard of Denver, NC, are dedicated to providing patients with solutions for achieving good oral health and wellness, including the placement of inlays and onlays as needed. If you believe you could benefit from these dental restorations, we strongly encourage you to call us at (704) 908-6969 to book a consultation appointment with our team. We are conveniently located at 7206 Austin Smiles Court, Suite #103, and accept new patients seeking comprehensive dental care.