Inlays and Onlays
A tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay can be restored and repaired.
Dentists can use porcelain inlays and onlays to fix teeth and renew your bite's strength when the damage is too large to be fixed with a filling but not serious enough for a dental crown.
What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and Onlays are also known as a partial crown and are made from materials such as porcelain.
An inlay is used to restore damage in the centre of the tooth that has not reached the cusps. An onlay is used when the damage has reached one of the cusps. Your dentist will discuss which one is best suited to your case. Inlays and Onlays are a great solution as these can be custom-made to fit your tooth perfectly.
They restore the health and appearance of your smile and are almost invisible. Generally, inlays and onlays can be completed in one visit.
Why Would You Need Inlays/Onlays?
If your teeth have been decayed and a filing is not good enough to fix the tooth, inlay/Onlay treatment may be recommended. A variety of things can cause decay; however, regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene can stop decay from occurring.
An inlay will be used if the damage has not reached the cusp of the tooth. If the cusp of the tooth needs repairing, the dentist may recommend onlay treatment. You might need this treatment if you have broken your tooth. A broken tooth can happen from wear and tear over time, chewing hard food, or clenching and grinding.
Inlays and Onlays for Fillings
Have you got a filling that is dark and noticeable? Then this procedure can be used to replace it. Talk to your dentist about replacing your fillings with a tooth-coloured restoration that will improve the appearance of your mouth.
Benefits of Inlays and Onlays
There are two main benefits to this treatment, and those are:
Maintaining Tooth Structure—Dentists can maintain a great portion of your tooth’s structure with this treatment. There is not as much prep work with inlays and Onlays compared to a dental crown
Cost—Fewer materials are used in this treatment compared to a crown, and the tooth does not require as much prep work, translating to a lower cost
Another benefit of this treatment is the high success rate. Inlays/Onlays are custom-made for every patient’s tooth, making the treatment last longer.
Am I Suitable for an Inlay or Onlay?
Patients are suitable if there is moderate tooth decay or damage.
Dr Alam will need to examine you and discuss your treatment options in a consultation.
What Should You Expect During the Inlay or Onlay Treatment?
The treatment will be completed over multiple visits to the dentist.
During the first visit, your tooth will be prepared for the procedure. An impression will be taken of your tooth, and we may fit a temporary inlay/onlay while your permanent one is being made. Once the permanent fixture is completed, you will have the temporary one removed and the new one fitted.
Are There Any Post-Treatment Guidelines?
Your dentist will discuss aftercare. The main things to avoid are hard or sticky food while the temporary fixture is in place. After your permanent inlay/onlay has been fitted, you can eat, brush and floss as normal.
Call Us to Help Treat Your Smile
Keeping your teeth healthy and attractive is not challenging. Arrange an appointment to discuss your options at Painfree Dentistry.