A cracked tooth can create shooting pain throughout the entire jaw and can cause painful headaches; luckily, both inlay and onlay procedures can rid you of any pain that you are experiencing. The cosmetic dentists at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry pride themselves in making your experience one of comfort in the hands of experts.
The procedures involve injecting a local anesthesia, numbing the nerves surrounding the crack or abscess. Inlay work simply refers to the filling of a painful cavity or abscess while the onlay process involves an entire crown of gold or porcelain over the problem tooth. Inlay and onlay techniques can both last for decades depending on several factors such as the quality of oral hygiene and the frequency of dental visits.
Advantages of Inlays and Onlays
By having one of these procedures done, you can enjoy the freedom of a pain-free meal as well as being rid of that jaw ache that has been bothering you for days. There are also other benefits to inlays and onlays:
- Inlays and onlays can both be made nearly invisible.
- Because they are made of gold or porcelain, the filling and crowns will not warp in temperature changes.
- With both procedures, more of the tooth is preserved than with standard filling procedures.
- The procedures can strengthen the tooth by as much as 75%, ensuring a long, healthy dental life.
Inlay or Onlay Candidates
The best way to know if you need one of these procedures is if you find that it hurts to chew, brush your teeth or even smile. If you answer yes to any of these and also suffer from frequent jaw and headaches, you may want to contact the cosmetic dentists at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
Contact us today to see if you are a candidate for inlays and onlays.