Inlays or Onlays are indirect teeth restoration procedures that dentists popularly recommend all around the world—looking forward to getting one. Let us help you.
An inlay is made out of a solid, custom material that focuses on filling in the tooth’s grooves. The type of materials used dictates the shape of the inlay. It also depends on the size and location of the cavity filling. Usually, It does not extend over the cusps of our tooth.
Similar to inlays, onlays are large, custom restorations that fill larger cavities extending over certain teeth’ cusps. Like inlays, they are made of a solid, custom material.
Benefits of Inlays/Onlays
Fractures and damage are less likely to occur when using this material over traditional cavity fillings
- Resistant to all forms of staining.
- Make teeth look more natural and very attractive
- The teeth made are more uniquely shaped, colored, and shaped to match each patient's unique mouth
- The average patient can expect their crown to last up to 30 years, depending on their cavity and fracture risk
- An onlay or inlay can enhance a tooth's strength by about 75 percent.
Materials Used in Inlays/Onlays
A ceramic/porcelain inlay or onlay is a tooth-colored material used in dentistry to make restorations that replicate a natural tooth’s color, shape, and function.
It exhibits high resilience and durability. It aids in protecting weakened teeth cusps caused by cavities or trauma. Gold has historically been the material of choice for restoration due to its strength. Even though they were once popular they are no longer preferred by patients.
Filling cavities of too great a size cannot be achieved with a cosmetic filling such as gold or ceramic. Composite inlays and onlays act as an alternative to these fillings, but they still fulfil the same function.
The Procedure(in steps)
Removal of Present Filling Inside the Cavity
You will need to remove any existing filling on your tooth before your dentist can place the inlay or onlay on it. Once the tooth is prepared and shaped, your dentist can place the restoration easily.
Mould Preparation With Impressions of Teeth
An impression of your damaged or cavitated tooth is made at the first visit. This impression helps your dentist and yourself decide what type of tooth filling to use.
It is a temporary step before final restoration. Further decay of existing teeth is prevented/stopped by temporary fillings. It protects your tooth while the restorative filling is prepared.
Placement of Dental Restoration
The inlay or onlay is then placed at a second appointment with your dentist to complete the restoration. Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic at the second appointment (on requested) to relieve discomfort. After removing the temporary filling, the repair is bonded into place, and the temporary filling is scraped off.
Diamond Star Dental offers expert inlays/onlays procedures at Cathedral City, CA. For more details, call us at 760-422-3888, book online, or visit us at 31280 Bob Hope Dr., #102, Cathedral City, CA 92276.