Inlays & Onlays
Fort Worth, TX
Inlays and onlays are types of dental restoration products like fillings, crowns, and implants. They are indirect dental restorations since they are made outside of the mouth as a single solid piece fitting the cavity properly. They are used extensively in molars or premolars when the tooth has experienced damage beyond the support of basic filling but still less than the level of protection of a crown. The major difference between an inlay and an onlay is that an inlay only fills the area between the cusps, whereas an onlay will cover a cusp of the tooth. Onlays also fit inside the teeth but extend onto the chewing surface of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps. The cavity is drilled from the mouth, and an onlay of the same size and shape is fabricated.
We at HomeTown Dental at Alliance are up to date with all the latest advancements in oral technology and provide you with the best service possible for this kind of procedure.
Materials Used in Inlays and Onlays
In the past, inlays and onlays were made of gold. Nowadays inlays can be made up of a tooth-colored material such as ceramic or porcelain or a special dental composite of resin. Porcelain in the filling does not shrink with age and hence is preferred. Tooth-colored inlays are bonded to the tooth to improve their strength. Like inlays, onlays of ceramic or porcelain are being used these days widely. The material being used highly depends on where the onlays are located.
Importance of Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays repair the chewing surface of your teeth. Most of them are more durable than composite or amalgam fillings. They are also less expensive than a dental crown. Dental onlays are strong and stable. They help in strengthening and preserving a damaged tooth by restoring them. Inlays and outlays can last as long as 20 years, depending upon the kind of care given.
Procedure for Inlays and Outlays
The dental lab uses the exact measurements of the tooth that requires restoration to create an inlay. The decayed portion of the tooth is properly cleaned and prepared. Then after that our dentists create an impression of the teeth and send it to the lab. The material used to create inlays usually matches the shade of your teeth to let it blend properly. For an onlay it takes almost two days. A molded impression of your teeth is taken and sent to the lab for creation of an onlay.
Your mouth, gums and tongue may feel a bit numb for a few hours after your dental inlay or onlay procedure. For several weeks after the procedure, you tooth might be extra sensitive towards cold and heat. With time, all the symptoms will heal by themselves. Follow all the recommendations given by our team before, during and after the procedure. Taking care of dental restorations is equally important. Just like the natural teeth, you need to brush and floss every day.
For more information about dental restorations, and to find out if you can benefit from them, call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at (682) 312-6878 today.