Crowns vs. Inlays and Onlays
If you’ve been told by your dentist that you need some restoration services done on your teeth, this could include dental crowns, inlays, or onlays.
Dental Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
Although our teeth are very durable, they are vulnerable to tooth decay.
Decay can compromise the structural integrity of the teeth and lead to infections and various health issues. These decay and cavities can be treated with the help of fillings. At Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Nail and Dr. Nail, we believe that the best treatment method is with dental crowns or inlays and onlays.
Understanding Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a type of restoration used to treat decayed or damaged teeth. They look a lot like a hat in shape and cover the entire area of the affected teeth. Dental crowns prevent further harm to the decayed tooth and hold it together. Crowns can also be used to make your teeth stronger and provide normalcy to your oral activities.
Understanding Inlays and Onlays
Onlays and inlays are an upgrade over the more conventional resin fillings. Instead of being cemented inside the cavity, they are built in a dental lab using an impression of the mouth after the damage has been removed. They are secured into place with a special dental cement.
Inlays are often used as a treatment for patients who are suffering from one cusp. Onlays are used for more than two cusps.
Longevity – Crowns vs. Inlays and Onlays
Although it is hard to describe the average lifetime for onlays, most should last you about 10 years.
Dental crowns, on the other hand, can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, depending on their quality and amount of care given.
Ultimately, the lifespan of both types of restorations depends mostly on how well they are maintained by you.
To get the most out of your crowns, inlays, and onlays, you should avoid habits that may put undue pressure on your teeth and shorten their lifespan.
It is also important for the surrounding teeth below your crown or onlay to remain strong and healthy. If the tooth undergoes rapid decay, the existing restoration may need to be replaced with another form of restoration.
Repeated wear and tear can degrade your inlays or crowns, and some dental hygiene habits may speed up the degradation process.
You can damage your crown or onlay by:
||Grinding the teeth
||Using your teeth to open packages
||Biting your fingernails
||Chewing on hard objects such as ice
Dental crowns, inlays, and onlays require two separate visits.
At your first visit for dental crowns, the damaged tooth will be prepared. The process involves the removal of the enamel. An impression of the tooth is then taken. At the second appointment, the dental crown is checked for fit and bite before being cemented over the entire surface of the affected tooth.
Similarly, at the first visit for your inlay or onlays, the affected tooth is treated and the decay is drilled out. An impression of your mouth is then taken. At your second visit, your inlay or onlay is checked for fit and bite before being cemented inside the cavity.
If you have tooth decay or tooth damage, it is important to get medical attention right away. If you need further information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Nail and Dr. Nail to schedule an appointment (281) 550-9054.