When are Inlays and Onlays Used?

Happy together

If you need your teeth repaired due to cracks and fractures, our dentist can help. Talk to our experts about the repair options available to improve your smile. Sometimes when the teeth are too damaged or decayed, fillings are just not enough to fix them. If you have sufficient healthy tooth remaining, you may opt for inlays and onlays. This procedure is used for mild to moderate forms of decay or cracks in the teeth.

 

This form of tooth repair allows our dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure. This is also a great option when a crown is not appropriate to use. This alternative is made from tough materials that can last up to 30 years. They can help strengthen your original tooth up to 75 percent unlike metal fillings, which might actually reduce the strength of teeth. It can also help prolong the life of the tooth and prevent the need for more dental work down the road.

 

If you choose to get this procedure done, our dental experts will first remove any old fillings you might have during your first visit. They will take an impression of the teeth that need to be repaired, and send the impressions to a lab. The new inlay or onlay is made from a mold in porcelain, gold or composite material. During a second visit, our experts will cement them into place and then polish them to ensure a smooth and attractive finish.

 

Both visits to our office will take about an hour. The first appointment may take a little longer due to the preparation process. Once the procedure is completely done, there may be a little discomfort as the new tooth will feel a little odd. But soon you will get used to the new surface and how it feels and looks in your mouth. The tissue around the treated tooth or teeth may be a little sensitive or sore, but this will subside in a few days. You can take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate and discomfort.

 

Long-term maintenance includes proper oral care. Make sure to brush and floss twice daily along with scheduling routine checkups with our experts. Maintaining good oral health will only ensure the longevity of your teeth and gums. Talk to our office about repairing any broken, fractured or decaying teeth you might have. We can discuss the different procedures available to you in order improve your smile.

Advertisements