Inlays & OnlaysAn Overview
Dental inlay or onlays are an effective treatment option for tooth decay. Inlay and onlays are designed to fill tooth cavities that cover large areas or effect the top ridges of the tooth. Custom designed, an inlay or onlay will fit into the crevices of the tooth, effectively repairing decay. Dr. Banks always does his best to treat patients conservatively and will try to save as much as the natural tooth as possible. Regular visits to the dentist and preventive dental care can help catch cavities early for effective treatment.
Preventing Tooth Decay Inwood, WV
Tooth decay is the leading dental concern in the United States and nearly all adults will experience a cavity at some point in their lives. Preventative dental care at home and at the dentist office is the best path to enjoying long-lasting oral health.
Twice yearly dental cleanings and oral health checkups can allow Dr. Banks to catch tooth decay early. When caught early, Dr. Banks can conserve the natural tooth and fill the cavity helping to maintain the integrity of the smile. While tooth decay can be managed and repaired with great success, avoiding decay through oral hygiene is ideal. Left untreated, tooth cavities can cause tooth loss, receding gums, and even gum disease.
The treatment for tooth decay will be dependent on the patient’s oral health, location and size of the decay and their personal cosmetic goals. by the progression of decay and the location. Inlays & onlays are ideal for patients with moderately advanced tooth decay.
Benefits of Inlay & Onlay
- Highly Durable
- Mercury Free
- Tooth Colored Material
- Helps Support Natural Tooth
- Deters Future Decay
I used to be terrified about going to the dentist, but not no more. They are very gentle and good at what they do. Very clean facility. Everyone is so kind and caring. Recently I had to reschedule my appt due to my son coming home from the hospital and…Tabatha J.
I came in today for x-rays and a treatment plan. Everything was carried out in a timely, professional, and thorough manner. I am always pleased with the dental care and congenial manner of Dr. Banks, and everyone who works there. Keep up the excellent work!Carol G.
We absolutely love Dr Banks and the staff - especially Karen S! Thanks for taking such great care of the kids teeth!Mariah N.
I've been going to Dr. Banks for years, and it is always a very pleasant experience. The ladies at the reception desk are welcoming and accommodating and even greet me by name even though I'm only there twice a year now. The hygienists are very thorough with their cleaning and…Janine E.
Inlays & Onlays What to Expect
Dr. Banks will begin the inlay or onlay treatment procedure by removing the decayed area. The diseased tissue will be gently removed from the tooth. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the inlay or onlay.
The inlay or onlay will be custom designed and fabricated to securely fit the tooth. Dental inlay or onlays can be color matched to the natural smile for a seamless appearance. Once fabricated, the restoration will be permanently bonded to the too with a special adhesive.
- Inlay- Custom fabricated from high-quality professional grade resin, and inlay fits inside the cusp of a tooth. The inlay permanently adheres to a cleaned tooth for a lasting dental restoration.
- Onlay- A dental onlay is made from professional grade ceramic resin. An onlay can repair larger areas of decay that are found on the surface of the tooth. An onlay is similar to a partial dental crown.
Overcoming Dental Anxiety
All too often patients avoid addressing minor tooth decay due to a fear of the dentist. Dr. Banks and our welcoming and highly trained dental care team ensure that all of our patients feel safe and confident. Through education and personal consultations, we make sure our patients are well informed. We take the time to listen to and address all of their dental concerns. For patients experiencing severe dental anxiety, Dr. Banks offers sedation dentistry options. Sedation dentistry allows patients to remain alert and responsive, while completely relaxed during treatment.
Schedule An Oral Health Exam
Dr. Banks and his dental care team can help you build a beautiful and healthy smile through consistent bi-annual preventative dental checkups. We proudly serve West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland with over 30 years of quality dental experience. We accept new patients from Shepherdstown, WV, Martinsburg, WV, Charles Town, WV, Winchester, VA, Leesburg, VA, Hagerstown, MD and Jefferson County areas. If you are looking to whiten, brighten, and rejuvenate your smile, contact our Inwood, WV dentist office or schedule a consultation online.