General Dentistry in Sparks: Inlay vs. Onlay

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If you have tooth sensitivity or pain when you chew with your back teeth, the surfaces may be damaged. One option for restoration is the use of an inlay or onlay made of metal, composite resin, or porcelain. The choice of an inlay or onlay depends on how much decay and tooth loss has developed.

Restorations with General Dentistry in Sparks

Inlays are very strong and shaped to precisely fit a hole in a damaged tooth. An inlay resembles a filling and fills a small part of the tooth, while an onlay covers one or more of the cusps on the top of the tooth. In other words, an inlay fills a hole without changing the shape of the tooth, while an onlay builds up the tooth surface to restore its former dimension.

Through advanced general dentistry in Sparks, the procedure begins with a comprehensive evaluation, oral x-ray, and an impression. The damaged area will be removed and then the inlay or onlay will be formed to exactly fit your tooth and bite. While it is being made, your tooth will have a temporary restoration piece to cover and protect the vulnerable area.

Finally, the inlay or onlay will be placed and permanently bonded to the tooth. Since the procedure requires removal of damaged tooth material, restoration fabrication at the lab, and the placement on the tooth, it will take a few appointments of general dentistry in Sparks to complete the process. Inlays and onlays protect the tooth from further degeneration, provide natural function, and are durable and inconspicuous.

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Dr. Shane Sykes has been restoring teeth since 2011 for patients of all ages. The Reno Dentist is located in Reno though we treat patients from the surrounding communities of Spanish Springs, Virginia City, and Sparks. Our dental services include cosmetic dentistry, root canals, and dental implants. Make your appointment today!

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Reno, Nevada