A dental inlay in St. Paul, MN, is a tooth-colored restoration that is bonded between the cusps (rigid bite areas) of teeth to restore function after tooth decay treatment or for minor repairs. It is ideal for a tooth that needs more than a filling but not quite a dental crown for restoration.
A dental onlay is like an inlay but covers the cusps and the areas between. It is also ideal for a tooth that needs more than a tooth-colored filling but not quite a tooth crown for restoration.
Because we bond inlays and onlays to the teeth, they may also improve bite function and stability.
Inlays and onlays are colored to match your teeth and can be used in cosmetic dentistry.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay results from bacteria and tartar left on teeth. Eventually, this forms an acid that erodes tooth enamel and leads to decay.
The best ways to prevent tooth decay include:
- Never skipping your six-month dental checkup and teeth cleaning
- Never skipping your twice daily (or following every meal) tooth brushing and flossing sessions
- Practicing good habits like quitting tobacco and eating a healthy diet low in sugar
Treating Tooth Decay with Your St. Paul, MN Dentist
If you’re diagnosed with a cavity, we gently clear the decay and fill the tooth with a malleable material called a tooth-colored filling. This is set with a special light and polished for a natural-looking finish.
However, some cavities are more extensive or deeper and require an inlay or onlay for best results. The steps for placing this restoration are similar.
For advanced tooth decay, your dentist may forgo tooth-colored fillings and inlays/onlays and talk to you about a same-day dental crown in St. Paul.
Contact Us for Quality Dentistry Near Me
We offer tooth-colored restorations that are functional and beautiful. To learn more or to arrange a visit with the dentist, give us a call today.