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How dental inlays and onlays provide conservative improvement of the natural tooth enamel

isaiah-mcclean-DrVJk1EaPSc-unsplash-1When patients are interested in repairing and restoring their smile, they have many options to choose from. In fact, restoring the smile may be almost overwhelming for patients. At the practice of Drs. Nancy Gill and Dallas D. Kenson in Golden, Colorado, we work directly with patients to help them choose an option that best suits their specific needs. One option is that of inlays and onlays.

Understanding dental inlays and onlays

Many patients are familiar with common restorations such as dentures or dental crowns. However, inlays and onlays are not nearly as popular. Fortunately, they are commonly used in our practice because of their conservative approach to repair and restoration. These restorations are similar to a dental crown in that they cover a tooth and offer it another layer of protection. Instead, these restorations just repair a specific area of the tooth. A small ceramic restoration is made to bond into or onto the surface of the tooth to address an area where a large cavity may exist. The placement of these restorations require minimal preparation, making them a great way to maintain as much natural tooth structure as possible. Dental crowns, on the other hand, require the dentist to remove a substantial amount of natural tooth enamel, which can weaken the tooth structure and make it more susceptible to problems.

Why might I choose inlays and onlays?

Any time a portion of the dental enamel is affected by damage or decay, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible to keep the tooth from developing other problems. Dental inlays and onlays are effective at improving the structure of the tooth without having to remove as much healthy tooth structure from the smile. Inlays and onlays are fast, affordable, and blend in, making them practically impossible to notice.

Consider dental inlays and onlays to repair your smile

Using a conservative restoration to address problems within the smile is the best way to achieve better oral health and wellness while ensuring beauty as well. Contact Drs. Nancy Gill and Dallas D. Kenson of Golden, CO today at (303) 277-9600 to schedule your consultation appointment. We are pleased to accept new and existing patients into our practice, conveniently located at 1218 Arapahoe Street.

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