What Is the Difference Between Inlay and Onlay Fillings?

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Despite how much we try to avoid them, cavities can still pop up and disrupt our dental health. While there are a lot of factors that contribute to tooth decay, the treatment for a cavity depends on how severe your tooth damage actually is. If your tooth damage is too severe for a regular filling, your dentist may suggest an inlay filling. Or, if your tooth is at more serious risk, your dentist may recommend an onlay filling or a crown.

Filling Differences

The main difference between inlay and onlay fillings is the amount of decay that each filling can remedy. Inlay fillings can protect remaining tooth structure when there is too much damage or decay for a regular filling. However, these types of fillings aren’t suitable for decay that has damaged entire cusps of a tooth.

Onlay fillings will cover more of the tooth than inlay fillings, but they cannot cover the entire tooth. Your dentist will recommend an onlay filling if you require a filling that covers the chewing surface, or cusps, of a tooth. Dentists often use onlay fillings as alternatives to crowns, because they can place onlay fillings without having to drill down as much of the existing tooth.

Filling Procedure

Although these types of fillings are a bit different, the procedure to install them is quite similar, because it requires at least two appointments to successfully create and place your inlay or onlay filling. The first appointment determines the severity of your tooth decay. During this appointment, your dentist examines the tooth structure, removes decay, and obtains an impression of your tooth with a dental mold.

If they aren’t able to on site, your dental office sends the mold to a dental laboratory where specialists create a porcelain or gold filling that fits the exact structure of your tooth. In your initial visit, your dentist may also insert a temporary mold to fit your tooth until the official model is ready. During the following appointment, your dentist replaces the temporary filing with the new one and bonds it to your affected tooth.

Filling in the Blanks

Fortunately, both inlay and onlay fillings can successfully protect your decayed teeth for many years. With proper maintenance such as regular brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting your dentist, you can extend the life of your fillings and preserve your smile.

If you want to find the best solution for your cavity, trust the expert opinion of Eddie Orobitg, D.M.D. With over 20 years of Leesburg dental experience, Dr. Orobitg recommends the best options to maintain your dental health and happiness. To get started, schedule your appointment today and call 352-787-5919.

The Importance of Regular Teeth Cleanings

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Dentists recommend bi-annual visits for important reasons. Mouth health can be an indicator of your overall health, so it is crucial to get a checkup every six months. In addition to oral conditions, Dr. Orobitg and his staff may identify signs you should be checked further by your physician or healthcare professional for conditions such as diabetes, bone disease or heart disease. But, beyond this, regular teeth cleanings can improve your quality of life in a few other ways as well.

  • Protect teeth – It all starts with the teeth. A toothache, though it might seem like a small thing, can seriously impact your everyday life. You could have severe difficulty eating, sleeping, and focusing at home or work. During a regular teeth cleaning, your dentist can keep your teeth in top shape by scraping off plaque and tartar, preventing cavities and tooth decay.
  • Screen for gum disease – Gum disease can mean a lot more than decaying or losing teeth, as bad as these things are. Studies have demonstrated the link between it and other health conditions like pancreatic cancer, heart attacks, and strokes. Teeth cleanings along with self-care like brushing and flossing can keep gums disease-free.
  • Whiten smile and freshen breath – Coffee, though an essential part of so many of our daily routines, is the enemy of white teeth and clean-smelling breath. Tobacco is even worse. Although brushing teeth and flossing at home regularly will help mitigate the effects of yellowing and pungent food and drink, dental cleanings can give you more confidence in your smile.
  • Get dental care feedback – You might think that your mouth-care routine is practically perfect, but you may still be far off the mark. Whether your flossing technique needs work (or application), your brush strokes are sloppy, or you are neglecting something essential altogether, your dentist will be able to give you honest feedback for improvement.
  • Save money – Check to see if your employer offers coverage for routine dental visits. These visits will keep your mouth healthy and reduce the risk of diseases or complications, which require much more expensive and drastic treatments. Going to the dentist every six months could save you a lot of money and discomfort in the long run.

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We love that our patients sometimes stop in just to say hello for the warm welcome they receive from our entire Orobitg dental team. Our staff excels at making sure your dental needs are met with care, comfort, and attention to detail. To learn more about the procedures we perform or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 352-787-5919.

How Often Should You See the Dentist?

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As an adolescent, you were likely advised to have regular dental check-ups every six months to help prevent cavities on your newly grown permanent teeth. However, as an adult, cavities may be the least of your dental concerns. Disease, injury, lack of care, or general wear and tear can have serious effects on your teeth and gums over the years—leading you to wonder, “How frequently should I visit my dentist near me?”

Regular Dental Visits for Adults

Just as with annual physical exams, routine dental exams allow you and your doctor to maintain your oral health and stay ahead of any changes happening inside your mouth that could lead to disease or discomfort. A comprehensive oral exam should include:

  • Dental examination of your teeth
  • Esthetic examination of the appearance of your teeth and gums related to your face
  • Head and neck examination of the soft tissues of your mouth, throat, and surrounding areas
  • Occlusal examination that analyzes your bite
  • Periodontal examination of the gums and bones supporting your teeth
  • Salivary function examination of the quality and quantity of your saliva
  • TMJ examination of your jaw joints
  • Various radiographic (X-ray) scans of your teeth, jaw, and bite

Your dentist can also provide you with an oral cancer screening or other preventative measures to detect health concerns such as diabetes or Sjögren’s syndrome.

When to Schedule Your Appointment

While it is still recommended that adults schedule dental appointments every six months to a year, your appointment dates will largely depend on your level of personal oral hygiene. If you have tooth decay, gum disease, or are experiencing pain, then Dr. Orobitg may advise you to visit every month or quarter until your issue is remedied. However, if you floss regularly and have generally healthy teeth, then you may only need to see your dentist once a year.

If while reading this you realize it’s been a while since your last dental visit, you’re likely overdue. After all, catching a dental problem early will not only save you a lot of pain and discomfort, but it will also save you money.

Be Proactive About Your Oral Health

Don’t wait until tooth pain appears to schedule your comprehensive oral exam. Contact Eddie Orobitg, D.M.D. today for all your dental care needs. Treating the Leesburg community for over 20 years, Dr. Orobitg provides quality dental checkups and procedures. To schedule your appointment, call (352) 787-5919.

Not Your Grandpa’s Root Canal

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Root canals have long had a bad reputation, however, advancements in the field of endodontics and anesthetics have streamlined the procedure to be more efficient, painless, and cost effective. In fact, root canal recovery often produces little if any discomfort or significant maintenance.

What Is a Root Canal?

Beneath a layer of enamel and dentin, human teeth house a network of living tissue known as pulp. Pulp is soft tissue that contains the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue of the tooth. When a tooth’s pulp becomes damaged, infected, or decayed, it must be removed in order to preserve the tooth. The removal process of dead or rotted oral pulp is known as a root canal.

Reasons for a Root Canal

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, then a root canal procedure may be necessary to save your natural tooth.

  • Inflammation – Teeth that ache when chewing and excessively swollen gums are signs of infected and inflamed pulp, which often require a root canal to correct. If left untreated, pulp damage can lead to a painful abscess, disease, and decay in the tooth.
  • Tooth Sensitivity – Is ice cold water or hot coffee causing you severe tooth pain? Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids can signify the need for a root canal.
  • Tooth Damage – Oral trauma from an accident or from biting down on a hard substance can leave nerves exposed and lead to infection. If you’ve broken a tooth, an emergency root canal may be recommended to relieve pain, salvage your tooth from extraction, and prevent the spread of infection to your blood stream.

Experienced Endodontic Care

If you are suffering from tooth pain, contact your local Leesburg dentist, Dr. Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Orobitg is not only a general dentist, but also highly skilled in endodontic procedures like root canals. Whether you need a root canal or a routine dental exam, Dr. Orobitg can diagnose any discomfort and determine the right course of action to quickly resolve your tooth pain. To get information about root canals or schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Eddie Orobitg by calling 352-787-5919.

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