When Dental Fillings aren’t Enough

Restorative DentistryA dental filling is designed to remain in your mouth as long as possible. Just as any other part of your anatomy, a filling should  feel comfortable in order for you to have the highest quality of life possible. In truth, you shouldn’t feel a filling at all, really. So if you do, this is a sign that something is wrong. Either your filling is failing, or it could have been placed too high. Sometimes extreme temperatures or misuse of teeth can allow for cracking of a tooth around a filling. And there are times when a filling simply doesn’t offer enough coverage and support. In these cases, Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong may recommend inlays and onlays which fall between fillings and crowns in terms of restorative purpose.

Strong Yet Conservative Dental Fillings

Do you like your porridge very hot, or very cold? Sometimes you need something in the middle, just like a certain famous fairy tale character. For restorations which are “just right”  inlays and onlays sometimes fit the bill because they combine the strength of dental crowns with the conservation of composite resin fillings. These ceramic fillings are made to support the structural integrity of the tooth, while sealing the tooth off from further infection. Like a composite resin filling, inlays and onlays require as little tooth preparation as possible. Like a dental crown, the inlays and onlays provide superior strength with customized fabricated porcelain material.

More on Inlays and Onlays

Inlays fill the void left behind after clearing out infection and bacteria from a decayed tooth. They are made from tooth-colored porcelain which seamlessly matches your surrounding tooth structure. Onlays also fill cavities while adding extra structural support to the cusps of your teeth. The porcelain material may lie over the side of the tooth, repairing extensive damage.

Damage from Bruxism

Inlays and onlays are great options for patients who need stronger fillings, but do not want dental crowns. Since dental crowns cover the entire exposed portion of the tooth, excessive tooth preparation is required. Conservative yet strong fillings, inlays and onlays are often recommended for patients with bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). These durable restorations can better stand up to extreme tooth grinding pressure than composite resin fillings.

Restorative Dentist in Polk City

For more information about restorative dentistry, schedule your appointment online or call Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001. We welcome patients from Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.