Why You Should Consider Inlays And Outlays For Your Dental Restoration

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If you are struggling with decayed, fractured or broken teeth, then you should ask your dentist about dental inlays and outlays. These are prefabricated materials used to cover up damaged sections of the teeth. The inlays only cover the chewing surface of teeth while outlays extend over the cusps. These treatment procedures are better at enhancing your smile more than the traditional restoration procedures such as composite fillings.

The benefits of inlays and outlays include:

They Involve Limited Dental Structure Damage

Using inlays and outlays enables the dentist to preserve as much teeth structure as possible. Only the most decayed areas of the teeth are interfered with, and the inlays/outlays used to cover them. The preservation of teeth structure prolongs the durability of your dental restoration and also the remaining natural teeth.

They are Easy to Clean

Since inlays leave most of your teeth structure intact, they tend to fit very well. Not only that, but the fit also stays more or less permanent because the materials used in the process, as well as the technique of the treatment, means that they do not shrink. A major advantage of this factor is that you will continue brushing and flossing your teeth easily and effectively as you did before the restoration. Note that shrinking is a common problem with composite fillings, especially during the curing process.

They Are Suitable For Tight Spaces

When you have a cavity between adjacent teeth, then you have to be very careful about what you use to fill it. This is because you need something that will fit tightly and not wear fast. An inlay ticks all these boxes, especially when you compare it to a composite filling. Your dentist will also tell you that the inlay will seal your teeth so well that even the bacteria will be kept out.

They Last Longer

Whether you are dealing with an inlay or outlay, you should expect a favorable durability as compared to other dental restoration techniques. According to WebMD, the treatments can last as long as 30 years. As with any other form of dental restoration, good diet, regular dental checkups as well as impeccable oral hygiene will help to prolong the durability of your inlays and outlays.

Not everybody can enjoy these benefits, however, because some people are not good candidates for the procedure. Prefabricated/customized dental fillings only work if the damage is minimal, and most of the natural teeth structure is still in place. Consult your dentist, like http://www.fortcollinsdentist.com, for your particular situation to see if you can use either an inlay or outlay.


11 February 2015

Fluoride: Why I Drink Tap Water

When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.