Inlays & Onlays
Due to decay or other forms of damage, cavities may form in the teeth. If left untreated, these cavities may pose an even greater risk to your dental health in the long run. Food particles can get stuck in these cavities and cause further damage to your teeth. While dental crowns and other forms of restorative dentistry have been widely used to deal with cavities, Inlays and Onlays are two of the more recent additions to restorative dental treatments.
Inlays and Onlays act like fillings but are fundamentally different in the way they are installed. Both Inlays and Onlays are solid pieces of metal or tooth-colored material designed to fit the teeth cavity. The main difference between the two is that an inlay fills any cavities between a tooth's cusps, while an Onlay also includes one or more cusps. If you want to learn more about the procedure, please read this article from our experts at Elliott Dentistry.
Why Should I Opt for Inlays and Onlays?
Many times, patients having cavities in their mouth need a particular type of treatment. For instance, a specific cavity in the premolar may be so small that placing a crown seems like overdoing it, while merely filling the tooth seems too feeble a treatment. For cases like these, there needs to be a treatment that hangs just in the balance. An Inlay or Onlay is used in this case.
Given their exceptional durability, Inlays and Onlays can easily last a lifetime if there is no external damage incurred. They can be made out of a range of materials, but the most commonly used materials are gold, porcelain, and tooth-colored composite resin. While all three materials offer almost the same amount of durability, porcelain, and composite resin are recommended by our specialists as they help provide natural teeth whitening and make the treated tooth look just like a healthy natural one.
Moreover, this particular treatment significantly boosts the lifespan of your tooth. While providing firm support from the inside, the materials used for making Inlays and Onlays are resistant to wear and tear from everyday use. This means that unless you receive a hard blow on the tooth, the Inlay or Onlay will stay firmly in place and perform just like new. When placed, they also seal the inside of the tooth, preventing further decay.
What Is the Procedure for Getting an Inlay or Onlay?
Typically, the procedure takes two appointments. Over the first appointment, your candidacy for getting the treatment is evaluated, and if you pass, impressions of your tooth cavity are taken. The impressions are sent to the lab for preparation of the dental application, while we fill the cavity with a temporary filling material until your next appointment. This temporary filling helps avoid the risk of further decay or change in the shape of the cavity.
On your next appointment, the prepared Inlay or Onlay is fitted into the teeth with the help of an adhesive. This adhesive plays a vital role in the placement process. We at Elliott Dentistry specialize in providing our patients with top-quality dental services, be it Inlays and Onlays or any other procedure. To learn more or to book an appointment, please dial 971-274-4360.