If your tooth is affected by an extensive amount of decay, we may recommend Inlays or Onlays to ensure their structural integrity…
Inlays and onlays are necessary when a tooth has suffered a large amount of decay and requires more support than a general filling can provide. Inlays and onlays are made from porcelain material and are customised to fit your tooth.
What is an Inlay?
An inlay is a form of restoration that is made up of porcelain material and is moulded to the inside of the tooth, effectively sealing the cavity and offering superior protection against future decay. Inlays are also resistant to occlusal forces (bite pressure) and allow for proper contouring for optimal gum tissue health.
What is an Onlay?
An onlay is similar to an inlay in that it is used to seal off a dental cavity. However instead of restoring the inside of the tooth, the onlay moves out and over the cusp of the tooth for a larger restoration. These are generally used when decay has affected areas of a tooth that exclude general fillings as a restorative option.
How can I prevent decay from occurring in the first place?
Decay can be prevented by a number of healthy oral and lifestyle habits. These include but are not limited to:
Regular preventive dental check-ups
These are scheduled in relation to your unique dental needs, but as a general rule we recommend patients visit our practice every six months for an oral health check up. This allows our dentists to perform a number of tasks such as professional cleaning to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar that cannot be removed by brushing alone. Dr Joffe will also be able to diagnose and treat any threats to your oral health in their early stages – this can mean the difference between saving and losing one of your natural teeth!
A comprehensive at home oral hygiene routine
This should include regularly brushing AND flossing your teeth. Ideally this should be performed after every meal with a soft bristled brush.
Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle
Negative lifestyle habits such as smoking cigarettes and the consumption of alcohol and high sugar foods and beverages can have a devastating impact on your oral health, and can contribute to dental diseases such as: decay, gum disease and even oral cancer. It is important to note that smoking cigarettes can slow down the healing process after dental implant placement and other oral surgeries.