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Dental Inlays And Onlays

Dental Inlays And Onlays

There are some dental cases where a tooth is damaged by decay, cracked or fractured and the damaged area is too large to be treated with simple filling but is not large enough to require a full dental crown. In such cases, the preferred option may be to use dental inlay or onlay. Inlays and Onlays are indirect fillings for mild to moderate tooth restoration. They are also used when an old filling needs to be removed.

What Is A Dental Inlay

A dental inlay is used to repair large chewing surfaces on the back of the teeth and large cavities. They may be made of tooth-coloured material like ceramic or porcelain, or special dental composite. It helps increase the strength of the tooth.

Is A Dental Onlay The Same as a Dental Inlay?

A dental onlay is similar to an inlay, but it is a bit bigger. It is used to repair cavities in the middle of a chewing surface and covers one or more tooth cusps. It can be made from metal, acrylic or porcelain materials. Sometimes, they are referred to as partial crowns.

Benefits Of Dental Inlays And Onlays

There are lots of benefits that come with dental inlays and Onlays. Some of them are as follows:

  • They are less expensive when compared to crowns
  • They look like the natural teeth making it difficult to be noticed
  • They aid the prevention of stains
  • They protect the teeth against plaque-causing bacteria that are found in enamel cracks
  • They are usually very strong and durable
  • They help preserve the teeth, prolong teeth life and prevent future dental work
  • They are a perfect option for filling cavities between the teeth

How Are Dental Inlays And Onlays Fitted?

Getting a dental inlay or onlay fitted requires two appointments with your dentist. The procedure for fitting an inlay and onlay is similar, and both appointments last for about an hour each.

Dental Inlays And Onlays

During the first appointment, your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the areas to be worked on. The next step involves preparation of the areas for the inlay or onlay. If there is any decayed or damaged area, your dentist will remove it by drilling. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth using a dental putty. The taken impression will then be sent to a dental laboratory where your inlay or onlay will be made. Your dentist may fit a temporary restoration while you wait for the lab to create your inlay or onlay.

On the second appointment, your temporary restoration will be removed then your dentist will fit in the inlay or onlay. When the inlay or onlay is fitted correctly, your dentist will bond it to the tooth using a resin adhesive that hardens when exposed to a special light source.

What Should You Expect After The Procedure?

You may experience a little discomfort after each appointment. The area around the treated tooth may feel sore or sensitive, but this goes away after a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with pain and discomfort.

Caring for your inlay or onlay is similar to that of natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing will be sufficient. Occasional professional cleaning at your dentist’s clinic will help maintain your teeth as well as inlay or onlay.

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