The Benefits of Inlays/Onlays for Dental Restorations
For many people, inlays and onlays provide a better alternative to traditional fillings when repairing dental damage like cavities and decay. According to Fort Lauderdale cosmetic dentist Dr. Marios Grigoropoulos, of Aesthetica Dental, inlays and onlays provide benefits that are both aesthetic and functional.
Inlays and onlays are considered by many to be a better alternative to fillings because they are stronger, they are harder, and they are almost always made in laboratories. The Fort Lauderdale cosmetic dentist explains that dental restorations that are made in laboratories tend to have much better physical properties than traditional composite fillings, which are usually placed on the same day in most dental offices. Dental laboratories are able to make inlays and onlays to much higher specifications than fillings, explains Dr. Grigoropoulos.
The result of these higher specifications and stronger physical properties is a dental restoration that lasts longer and looks better than fillings or crowns. The Fort Lauderdale cosmetic dentist says inlays and onlays are much stronger than nearly any other type of dental restoration that is available for people with cavities and decay. In many cases, Dr. Grigoropoulos actually uses inlays and onlays as alternatives to crowns.
Inlays and onlays are especially helpful in cases where a filling would be very large. They require less removal of the tooth than a traditional amalgam or composite filling, and less drilling overall. This leaves people with more tooth structure intact.
If a patient is a good candidate for an inlay or an onlay, then Dr. Grigoropoulos will almost always mention it to him or her before proceeding with any other restorations. When a cosmetic dentist in Fort Lauderdale brings up the topic of using an inlay or an onlay instead of a filling or a crown, patients are surprised, usually because they don’t know what inlays and onlays are.
Additionally, Dr. Grigoropoulos says insurance companies are sometimes hesitant to pay for onlays. As a result, these restorations are less likely to be recommended to patients because of the possibility that they will have to be paid for out of pocket by the patient himself. Nonetheless, Dr. Grigoropoulos recommends that people who are curious about whether inlays or onlays might be a better alternative to the crowns and fillings they are scheduled to get make sure to ask their dentist for more information. Some insurance companies do pay for these restorations, and patients may be able to get a better treatment – and a better outcome – as a result.
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