Restore and rejuvenate: Tooth colored fillings can inspire your smile!
Curtis Couch D.D.S blurs the line between cosmetic and restorative dentistry with tooth colored restorations
In the last couple of decades tooth-colored restorations have dominated the dental landscape. We have seen the older amalgam fillings being gradually phased out by dentists, including ourselves, who are swapping for their tooth-colored counterparts. Dentists have found that tooth-colored fillings are more resilient to general wear and tear and also look a lot more cosmetically pleasing in the mouth. This dental advancement has seen tooth fillings, inlays and onlays blur the lines between restorative and cosmetic dentistry as they are both esthetically pleasing and restorative.
What is the difference between inlays and onlays?
When it comes to the difference between inlays and onlays there are only a few subtle differences used to differentiate between them. Onlays are strictly surface restorations using porcelain or composite material, although in previous years gold was the most popular method. These are usually used to fill in the exterior of the tooth if you suffer from deep crevices in your molars. Your dentist may recommend filling in these deep grooves with onlays because deep grooves can increase the risk of cavities which can later require fillings or even extraction.
Inlays are placed deeper in the tooth as they are often used to ‘plug’ holes that could potentially lead to cavities. This option can be a great option to prevent the risk of tooth loss which can occur if a cavity worsens. Inlays are also used when the dentin has been compromised, whereas onlays are often placed on the surface of the tooth or where the dentine and even enamel is still in place. Both inlays and onlays can strengthen the ‘chomp’ of your teeth, which means that they will be more resilient to possible dental emergencies, which can be caused by the formation of cavities.
Cavities are a dangerous condition…
It’s important that you visit your dentist at Curtis Couch D.D.S in Thousand Oaks at least twice a year so that we can keep on top of your oral health. By visiting us twice annually you will be investing in the protection of your teeth as any signs of decay will be discovered early. As soon as we notice signs of decay we will recommend an onlay or an inlay if the severity of the decay has gone beyond the top layers of the teeth. An onlay can generally be performed in the one appointment without the need for anesthesia. Not only is Curtis Couch D.D.S the Thousand Oaks cosmetic dentist to see, he is also the frontrunner when it comes to porcelain restorations of your natural teeth including the dental implant procedure.
Curtis Couch D.D.S in Thousand Oaks is cosmetic dentistry at its finest
Here at Curtis Couch D.D.S we know that cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to mean the big changes such as porcelain veneers. Enhancing the cosmetic appearance of your smile is just as much about the little things such as hiding that one speck of discoloration or swapping your amalgam fillings for tooth-colored inlays or onlays. Dr. Curtis Couch and his team have special interest in cosmetic dentistry as nothing makes our patients happier than a white and bright smile. There are many reasons why people opt to remove their amalgam fillings. Some people do it because they feel ill and fear mercury poising and some people do it simply for the cosmetic benefit. No matter what your reason you can rest assured that your favourite dentist in Thousand Oaks can successfully make the swap.
If you’ve been looking for a dentist in Thousand Oaks the search is over…
Here at Curtis Couch D.D.S we pride ourselves on our high quality dental procedures and our high standards of patient service. We are also passionate about affordable cosmetic dentistry which means that you’ll be able to reap the benefits of having a beautiful smile and there will also be less harm done to your wallet. We also offer a range of reconstructive dental procedures as well as cosmetic, including: