Inlays and Onlays
Dentists usually consider inlays and onlays as indirect fillings. We may propose them as an alternative repair solution for tooth decay and other forms of damage. Our inlays and onlays at Parkside Dental are well-fitting and long-lasting. We use these indirect fillings for restoring the structure of a tooth and protect it from further damage. Inlays and onlays offer long-term benefits both aesthetically and functionally. We use inlays and onlays as alternatives to dental crowns that offer full coverage. While regular dental fillings are molded into place during a regular visit, we fabricate inlays and onlays in the laboratory. Then, we fit and bond it to the damaged tooth to keep it protected.
We consider a restoration an inlay when we bond the material with the center of the damaged tooth. We do an inlay when the cusps on your teeth are still healthy. If the cusp is not damaged, we can conveniently fix the inlay on the tooth.
We use onlays when the damage to your tooth is a little more extensive. Mostly, we recommend onlays when you need to restore one or more cusps of the tooth. They are also ideal if you are looking to restore the entire biting surface.
It takes two visits to complete either an inlay or onlay procedure. The first visit mostly entails preparing your damaged tooth. We use a molded impression of your damaged tooth to fabricate the restoration in our laboratory. We fit a provisional restoration similar to the final one to protect the tooth. The provisional restoration is necessary since fabrication takes several weeks.
During the first visit, our dentists will help you select the best material for your inlay or onlay. If you are not prioritizing aesthetics, gold is a good option. This is appropriate when repairing molars. We recommend gold in such cases as it is stronger and more durable. If your front teeth are damaged, porcelain is the best option. It offers the best aesthetics and can help restore your smile. However, if you habitually grind your teeth or have a misaligned bite, resin materials are ideal. During the second visit, we will remove the temporary restoration and place the final inlay or onlay. After placement, we polish the margins to achieve a natural look.
Caring for Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays do not require any special care after placement. Besides, the recovery process is not very significant. Although you may feel some slight discomfort after placement, it goes away within a few days. All you need is good oral hygiene to keep them in good condition.
First, we recommend brushing twice a day. Brushing removes food materials and harmful acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. You will also eliminate plaque, which can cause damage in the long run. Secondly, we encourage patients who get onlays or inlays to floss daily. Flossing will ensure that your interdental spaces are clean. Lastly, we emphasize the importance of using mouthwash. It helps reach areas that flossing and normal brushing miss. Mouthwash also helps reduce tooth decay and prevent gum disease by killing bacteria and re-mineralizing teeth.
To book a consultation, call us at 972-442-7550. You can also visit our offices at Parkside Dental.