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Inlays & Onlays

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Learn more about our inlays and onlays services and how they can benefit you.

Traditional fillings can reduce the strength of a natural tooth by up to 50%. As an alternative, inlays/onlays that are bonded directly onto the tooth using special high-strength resins, can actually increase the strength of a tooth by up to 75%. Where the damage to the tooth is not extensive enough to merit an entire dental crown, onlays can provide a very good alternative.

Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and color which can match the natural teeth color.

An inlay (similar to a filling) is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction (similar to the inlay), but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

Putting inlays and onlays onto your teeth takes two appointments. During the first appointment, your teeth are cleaned and impressions of your teeth are taken and sent to the lab for fabrication. During your second appointment, your inlay and onlay are placed into your teeth and cemented. Your dentist will then check your teeth to make sure the fit is comfortable for you.

Most of the risks for inlays and onlays are associated with the anesthetic that is used to numb the area around the tooth. This allows dentists to properly clean and prepare your tooth for the inlay and onlay while you can rest comfortably in the dentist’s chair. If you are taking any medication that may react to the anesthetic, make sure to inform your dentist before the treatment. Our team will create a customized treatment plan for you.

Can a dental onlay be replaced?
Onlays usually last between 10 to 15 years. Similar to many other dental restorations, onlays do not last a lifetime and may eventually need to be replaced. Following the proper guidelines can help prolong the life of your restorations and preserve your oral health.
Can an onlay fall off?
Seldom do patients have a permanent onlay fall out. But it can happen, which constitutes a dental emergency. At that time, the person should contact the dentist right away. When the individual has the onlay reset, the dentist will go through the same procedure.
Can I eat after an inlay?
Some patients report being able to eat within an hour after receiving a dental inlay. However, some dentists recommend waiting a few hours to get used to the feel of the dental inlay and to reduce the risk of any sensitivity.
What should I eat after inlay?
You may be numb for a period of time after the procedure; avoid chewing, biting, and eating on this side until the numbness wears off. If hungry, try smooth yogurt or other soft foods until the anesthesia wears off. flossing, taking extra care not to loosen the temporary restoration.
Do inlays and onlays fix cavities?
Inlays and onlays are used, much like fillings, to fill or cover the area where a cavity once was. It minimizes the possibility of further decay to the existing tooth.
Are onlays better than fillings?
Even if your tooth could be treated with a dental filling, you might consider getting a longer-lasting onlay anyway. Dental onlays are often made of porcelain. Porcelain has a fine white color that allows it to blend very naturally with your teeth. On top of that, porcelain is far more durable than a plastic filling.
Are onlays considered restorative?
Inlays and Onlays are similar as they are a type of indirect restoration. However, the difference is that Inlays are indirect restorations which do not have cuspal coverage and are within the body of the tooth. Onlays are indirect restorations that cover both body and cusps of teeth.
Do onlays look natural?
Onlays are made from durable materials that look like natural teeth. The fit is more secure than a filling, and more of the natural tooth structure is preserved than with a crown. Onlays also strengthen the tooth, making it less likely that additional work will be needed in the future.
Are dental onlays painful?
Some minor discomfort in the area is possible following the crown or onlay. Sometimes, depending on circumstances, the tooth and surrounding tissues may remain sore for a few weeks post treatment. The three most common reasons for pain are: Sore jaw joint from having your mouth open for a prolonged time. Contact us if you have any concern.
What happens if your temporary crown falls out?
If the temporary crown comes off, leave the temporary crown off the tooth and call us for further instruction.

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