Having bad teeth can cause a lot of problems which can, later on, be very expensive to fix at any Fort Collins dental clinic. For those who have trouble with their teeth experiencing a mild to moderate amount of decay, resorting to dental inlays might be the best option for them. There are also cases in which the back teeth might be cracked or fractured and if the damage is not severe enough, then dental inlays can be used. The materials for dental inlays are generally made of composite resin (and sometimes gold, similar to crowns). The advantage is they can also be made from materials which are similar in color to the natural color of teeth and that’s the reason why most people prefer them.

Dental Inlays

When someone with bad teeth visits our Fort Collins dentist’s’ office, we will first take impressions of their teeth. After that, the impressions will be sent over to a dental lab which will handle having the inlay created to match the individual’s tooth specifications. So when this person returns, we will remove the temporary inlay and a permanent one will take its place. The good news about inlays is that patients will not have to go through any downtime and the only thing they’ll feel will be a mild level of tenderness in the treated area. This means they can easily return to their normal lifestyle without any problems.

Dental Onlays

The inlays are generally designed to treat the decay within the cusps, while the onlays will deal with the decay that extends to one or more of the cusps. Just like the inlays, the onlays are implemented in the same manner. Our local dentist at our family dentistry will take an impression of the individual’s teeth and then will place the temporary onlay. Then the impression will be sent over to a lab where the dental technician will create the dental onlay in accordance with the dimensions of the tooth. Then the patient will return to the dentist office to have the temporary onlay removed and replaced with the permanent one. A very strong resin will be used to bond it with the tooth. The dental onlays and inlays are made from materials which are very durable so they are superior to metal fillings in both looks and durability. Because of their customized nature, our team of dentists in Fort Collins can also easily bond them to the surface of the tooth which will result in an improved structural integrity and prevent bacteria from entering in.

Benefits and Risks

Here are a few things to consider when looking at these procedures. Inlays and onlays are perfect for treating and eliminating tooth loss and tooth sensitivity. Yet the downside is that some patients might have mild or moderate sensitivity for a few days after the treatment has been completed. The truth is that many people prefer them because of their aesthetics, durability and strength. Costs are not as much as people think, but this depends on the dental clinic and the experience of the local dentists and equipment used. Our Fort Collins dental staff at Shore’s Family Dentistry will be more than happy to answer all of your dental inlay and onlay questions.

Decayed teeth may require an inlay to restore strength and health to the natural tooth structure.

The decayed portion of the tooth is removed from the sound tooth structure.

An inlay is fabricated to match the look and feel of your natural teeth. This restoration often resembles a puzzle piece.

In most cases the restoration will completely blend into the natural tooth structure.

We use these products for this type of treatment: