Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are modern alternatives to dental fillings when you have a cavity or other tooth decay. These are very similar to fillings, but they do have some benefits over fillings. They are also very similar to each other and which one you would get will depend on the severity of the damage. Whichever you get, the process is simple and long-lasting. Our dental professionals at Summit Dental Group can explain your options and help you decide if these are a good choice for you.
The Importance of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to restore teeth after injury or tooth decay. It is important to get these issues resolved to prevent further damage and infection. Infection resulting from tooth injury or decay can cause long term health issues that affect the organs throughout your body.
Inlays are a crucial restorative technique used for repairing teeth without compromising their natural structure. These are used in the case of injury or decay not affecting the cusp of the tooth.
Onlays are another great restoration method that helps to preserve the integrity of the natural tooth. These are similar to inlays, but they are used in cases where there is more extensive tooth damage. This type of damage typically affects the cusp.
Unlike regular fillings, inlays and onlays go through a process to bond them to the teeth. This helps to seal the tooth, both preventing further injury and restoring more function. Bonding also makes them more durable so you do not have to worry about further damage.
Both inlays and onlays were previously only made of gold. Now, most people choose ceramic and porcelain materials since they resemble the natural teeth. It is important to note that these materials are not as sturdy as gold and other metals.
The processes for getting inlays and onlays are similar to one another. Typically, they both require two appointments; the first for preparing the tooth and the mold and the second for placing the inlay or onlay. From start to finish, this process takes just a few weeks.
First, your dentist will numb your mouth. After numbing, they will drill out any remaining damage and file the tooth to allow for sturdy placement. After this, they will make an impression of your tooth to send to the lab. This allows the lab to make an inlay or onlay that is perfectly molded to your tooth.
It may take a few weeks to process the mold. During your first appointment, your dentist will provide a temporary inlay or onlay. This will be temporarily cemented to your natural tooth to hold it in place until the permanent piece is finished.
Once your inlay or onlay is ready, you will come in for a second appointment. Your dentist will remove the temporary cement and inlay or onlay placement. After this is removed, they will place the permanent piece and cement it using a permanent cement. We will then file the piece to ensure it will not cause bite issues or scrape your mouth.
To get information about inlays or onlays from Summit Dental Group, you can contact Summit Dental Group today.