Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are dental procedures meant to secure and improve decayed, fractured, cracked, or broken teeth that don't necessarily require a crown. With severely damaged teeth, one may need to have a crown or tooth replacement. When you have a decayed or damaged tooth with good support, you can opt for the inlay or onlay dental procedure. Our dentist will check on your tooth structure, check its damage intensity, and recommend the right procedure for your damaged teeth. Smile Family Dentistry can help you choose between inlay and onlay and perform the procedure to restore your confidence and smile.
What Is an Inlay?
An Inlay refers to a pre-molded dental filling that fits the tooth's groove without extending to the cusps. For the procedure, our professional will numb the affected part and drill out the decayed part before cleaning the teeth. After removing the impurities, our professional will take the impression used in the lab to create an Inlay. An inlay is made according to the tooth's color and uses materials such as porcelain and composite resin since they match natural teeth. Patients can also opt for gold inlays, which last longer but are expensive. Generally, inlays last longer than fillings from amalgam and composite materials.
What Is an Onlay?
An onlay dental procedure differs from an inlay because it repairs severely damaged teeth, whose damage exceeds the cusps or the biting surface. To carry out the procedure, our professional will numb the tooth, drill out the decay, and shape the tooth before taking an impression. A temporary onlay will be fixed to protect the teeth until the onlay is ready for placing. The process of manufacturing an onlay takes approximately a week, and once ready; the dentist fixes it after removing the temporary onlay.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays have several benefits as compared to other dental procedures. First, they are durable, since they are made from long-lasting materials. They also strengthen the damaged tooth to at least 75% original, making it stronger and more appealing. Inlays and onlays also prolong the tooth’s life, making it unnecessary to perform other dental procedures. Other benefits include: they create a natural look, strengthen the smile, and are regarded as the safest and surest dental procedures.
What Is Expected After the Procedure
After the inlays and onlays are fixed, a little discomfort may be experienced, which fades with time. Many patients adapt to the procedure almost immediately as it settles, while to others, the effects can take a day or two. The recovery process is immediate, and our professionals will offer medication to aid the healing process. Inlays and onlays once placed in your mouth should last between 10 to 30 years with proper care and maintenance, depending on the affected part and materials used. You need to avoid chewing hard foods and hard objects as they may damage the teeth.
If you are looking for long-term or durable solutions for your damaged or decayed teeth, inlays and onlays are the most recommended procedures, depending on the damage. For more information on inlays and onlays and how the procedure can be done, please contact Smile Family Dentistry at 925-825-1130 today.