If you have a cavity that is too big for a regular filling, but not big enough to need a crown, what are your options? In a case like this, our dentist, Dr. Michael Mullen might suggest an inlay or an onlay. A damaged tooth can cause pain and further damage to your mouth. And, a tooth that has been compromised can allow bacteria to enter the tooth, causing more decay or an infection known as an abscess.
An inlay is used when the damage to your tooth does not reach the cusps of your tooth. An onlay is used when the decay has affected the cusps. We will decide which is best for you when we examine your teeth at our office in El Paso, Texas.
Inlays and onlays are created to fit your cavity and are made of composite resin, gold, or porcelain. The dentist will make sure that your inlay or onlay fits well and restores the shape and function of your tooth.
If you are suffering with a large cavity and don’t know what to do, our team would love to see you. To ensure the health of your tooth and mouth, call 915-593-1900 to plan your visit to our office. Don’t put off your visit until you can’t stand the pain anymore! Get the help, and the smile you need with an inlay or onlay.