Inlays & Onlays
Traditionally, inlays were used instead of fillings to replace a small amount of tooth structure loss due to decay. Like fillings, inlays fit inside the tooth and were made only of gold.
Today, inlays are still used in the same situations, but the inlays can be made of a tooth-colored material such as ceramic/porcelain or special dental composite. Defective or unsightly “fillings” can be replaced by tooth-colored inlays and bonded to the tooth. This bonding process may actually improve the strength of the tooth and help seal the inlay to the tooth.
Onlays also fit inside the tooth, but extend onto the chewing surface of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps. In the past, onlays were made only of gold, but like inlays, more and more patients request a tooth-colored onlay.
Making the onlay of ceramic/porcelain allows the restoration to be bonded to the tooth. This bonding process may actually improve the strength of the tooth and help seal the onlay to the tooth.
Night Guard/ Sports Guard
What is a night guard?
A night guard is a device which is placed in the mouth on teeth to help deal with grinding or clenching. Night guards can also be called occlusal guards, occlusal splints or bite splints. All these names refer to the same thing, a plastic appliance which is placed in the mouth over some or all upper or lower teeth to prevent the destructive effects of grinding and clenching.
Night guards can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Our dentists can help you determine which type is best for you depending upon your specific situation.
Why would i need a night guard?
It is very common for people to grind or clench their teeth. At best this leads to worn, flat and unattractive teeth. At worst it can cause quite a number of symptoms affecting teeth, muscles and the jaw joint (TMJ). Teeth can become very sensitive to cold and hot, they can become loose or even break into pieces. The force of grinding is generated by the chewing muscles and they can become very sore and tired from this effort. Sometimes there is limited ability to open because the muscles are so tight making it difficult to eat. Also, the muscle tenderness or spasm can lead to headaches and neck aches. The last area affected by the force of grinding is the jaw joint or TMJ (temporomandibular joint). Because of this constant buffeting of grinding and clenching, the TMJ can become very sore, can start popping or clicking and can even stop opening or more alarming, closing. These symptoms can all be very difficult to cope with. A night guard is often the best way of treating these problems, both to remedy them and hopefully to prevent them from occurring or increasing in severity.